A startup nationwide pharmaceutical business has selected a shell building in the West Nashville Commerce Park as a base of operations — and crews are at work readying the location.

Joe Cascone, a co-founder of Asterra Labs, told the Telegram over the phone on Wednesday afternoon he wants the new company to begin selling products by the July time frame at the site, which is southwest of the town.

The opening of the location is being assisted by a $250,000 state commerce building reuse grant via Nashville’s government. The building is 10,000 square feet and is located along a winding Cooke Road amid increasing development of new residences.

Leigh Ballance, of Prime 1 Building, is the building’s landlord. Asterra will be the first client in the West Nashville Commerce Park, which was established in 2013.

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Article written by Rocky Mount Telegram Staff Writer, William F. West.