Plans for Blue Mountain Station to be discussed

The food processing park is planned for Port of Columbia land at the west end of Dayton.

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DAYTON -- A presentation on site plans for Blue Mountain Station will begin Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Seneca Activity Center.

Blue Mountain Station is the natural and organic eco-food processing park to be located on newly acquired Port of Columbia property at the west end of Dayton.

Public approval is not required at this point in the planning process, but the Port wishes to provide a project update to interested businesses and residents, according to a news release.

The presentation will include feedback from the Fancy Food Show, drawings for the business development/market center, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, architecture and engineering ideas and building and infrastructure placement.

The Port is working with local architecture and engineering firm USKH to refine the site plan to gain development approval and complete construction plans and bid documents for the first phase of infrastructure.

"It doesn't make sense to install infrastructure until we have a solid site plan," Port manager Jennie Dickinson said.

"We have found, especially when striving for LEED certification, that significant planning must be done before any ground is disturbed in order to make sensible building and road placement and storm water management decisions," she said.

More information is available at www.bluemountainstation.com.

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

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