Port looks at concept for industry park near landfill

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WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners got a sneak peek of a vision for a business park near the Sudbury Road Landfill during a December meeting.

The layout calls for a more than 350-acre business park using property around the landfill west of Walla Walla.

The concept is exploratory at this point, but would be designed as a light-industrial park.

Earlier this year, city and Port officials agreed to look at the possibility, which if developed could achieve several goals: Provide much-needed options for light-industrial land, serve as a catalyst for new development and ultimately return the land back to the tax rolls.

With more than 1,000 acres in and around the landfill, the vision would provide plenty of property for the long-term needs of the landfill while also using neighboring property for development.

Whether the business park would be developed by the city, which owns the land, or the Port is among numerous questions that will likely be discussed this year, Port officials said.

The preliminary layout concept, which Port commissioners authorized last April, was created by MacKay & Sposito Inc., headquartered in Vancouver, Wash.

"What I'd really like to see are big sites for a Key (Technology-type business)," said Commission President Mike Fredrickson. Such details will see more refinement as the process continues.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321 or vickihillhouse@wwub.com

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