Port of Columbia buys home for Blue Mountain Station

The food-processing park project will be built on 28 acres off US Highway 12.

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DAYTON -- Blue Mountain Station, the Port of Columbia's long-term business development strategy, now has a home.

Port Commissioners agreed to buy four parcels totaling about 28 acres at 36543 Highway 12.

Blue Mountain Station is billed as the world's first eco-friendly, artisan, natural, organic and sustainable food processing park.

Purchase of the property was made possible by a $1 million financial package offered to the Port by the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board. The package is a combination of a grant and a zero-interest loan with a five-year payment deferral.

The package must be matched with local money, Port Manager Jennie Dickinson said Thursday.

The property, which is owned by Delbert and Kay Bell, was one of several considered for the project, but was the only one which met all the needs of the project.

It is within Dayton's Urban Growth Boundary and is adjacent to city water and sewer services and the Port-owned rail line.

Purchase of the property is contingent upon results of a cultural resources study, and sufficient evidence of availability of matching funds.

The $1 million will be used for infrastructure for phase one of the project, including roads, utilities and four buildings.

"I am very excited. This has been a long time coming," Dickinson said.

"This is a big step for Dayton."

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.


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