JUNE 27, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

As longtime lease with Kinder Morgan expires, port looks for new opportunities

Marissa Luck, June 23, 2016, The Daily News

Bridgeview Terminal includes berths 1 and 2 east of the Lewis and Clark Bridge.

The Port of Longview is looking for a more advantageous tenant for Berths 1 and 2 in the hopes of boosting revenue and jobs.

Kinder Morgan, a global energy infrastructure company, has leased Berth 2 since 2001, when it took over the lease from International Raw Materials. The lease expired in March, opening an opportunity to get a new tenant or restructure the lease with Kinder Morgan, port staff said Thursday.

Read more here: http://tdn.com/news/local/as-longtime-lease-with-kinder-morgan-expires-port-looks-for/article_43b25f20-792d-5ac6-85eb-38d750fedb3b.html

 

Port of Kalama picks architect for McMenamins building

Marissa Luck, June 23, 2016, The Daily News

In another step forward for the $9.8 million McMenamins hotel, the Port of Kalama Wednesday hired a Longview architect to design the basic hotel structure.

Port commissioners Wednesday approved a $230,283 contract with Collins Architecture Group for design and construction management through the end of the project. Collins also designed the port’s new administrative building, which opened in 2014.

Read more here: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-kalama-picks-architect-for-mcmenamins-building/article_b9c69a46-02fc-5c8e-afe4-16a1b5fe3e66.html

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Kalama methanol-plant proposal draws challenge from environmental group

Hal Bernton, June 24th 2016, Seattle Times

An environmental group has mounted a legal challenge to the permitting process for a $1.8 billion methanol plant proposed for Kalama, Cowlitz County, that — if successful — could result in significant delays for the project.

Columbia Riverkeeper, in a petition filed this week, seeks to shift the review now led by local governments to the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/kalama-methanol-plant-proposal-draws-challenge-from-environmental-group/

 

 

LAND USE

Bellingham Port turns down $30M waterfront hotel idea, for now

Samantha Wohlfeil, June 24, 2016, Bellingham Herald

A private developer wants to invest more than $30 million in a waterfront hotel, but two Port of Bellingham commissioners don’t want to accept the offer without more planning.

The potential holdup comes after more than a decade of talks and planning for rebuilding the Bellingham waterfront, and just as the first project – remodeling the Granary Building – gets underway.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article85829102.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

RAIL

Trial-Like Review Starts Monday For Proposed Vancouver Oil Terminal

Conrad Wilson, June 26, 2016, KUOW

Washington state begins its public review Monday of what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country, slated to be built at the Port of Vancouver.

The hearings are one of the final steps in determining whether the project gets built.

The state will use five weeks of hearings to determine how to move forward with the Vancouver Energy Project, a joint venture backed by companies Tesoro and Savage.

Read more here: http://kuow.org/post/trial-review-starts-monday-proposed-vancouver-oil-terminal-0

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