FEBRUARY 26, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Port of Vancouver seeks developers for Terminal One site

Brooks Johnson, February 25, 2016, The Columbian

If there are any developers out there who want to help shape the face of Vancouver’s waterfront, now’s the time to come forward.

The Port of Vancouver on Wednesday launched a search for developers to build out two blocks of mixed-use commercial, office and residential space, as well as parking, at the port’s Terminal One property.

“We’re looking for, initially, their capability,” said Rick Cline, port contracts manager. “We’re not trying to negotiate an agreement or anything yet. We’re trying to see if they have the capacity and creativity to do something with this.”

Read more here: http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/feb/25/port-of-vancouver-seeks-developers-for-terminal-one-site/

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Falling Gas Prices Undercut Toxic-Waste Cleanups – Will State Act?

Robert McClure, February 26, 2016, Investigate West

Swooning gas prices are a boon for consumers but they’re creating a huge shortfall in state tax collections used to clean up hazardous waste dumps, prevent pollution and give citizens a voice in chemical-waste cleanups.

“We’re very worried,” lobbyist Doug Levy, representing the cities of Everett and Puyallup, told the Senate Ways and Means Committee this week as it took up a bill (SB 6660) to partially make up the shortfall.

The problem is that when gas prices drop, so do state collections of a tax on oil and other chemicals designed to help protect people from hazardous chemicals.

Read more here: http://invw.org/2016/02/25/falling-gas-prices-undercut-toxic-waste-cleanups-will-state-act/?utm_source=Sightline%20Institute&utm_medium=web-email&utm_campaign=Sightline%20News%20Selections

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Giant container ship is headed to Seattle

Glenn Farley, February 25, 2016, KING 5 News

The Benjamin Franklin is the largest ship to ever call on the Port of Seattle, or any U.S. port, and it’s scheduled to arrive on Monday.

The container ship Benjamin Franklin can hold 18,000 containers (as measured in 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, which is the industry benchmark).

Read more here: http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2016/02/25/giant-container-ship-benjamin-franklin-port-seattle/80939946/

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