Chehalis, Wash – In what can aptly be described as “big” news for the region, the Port of Chehalis announced today that it has successfully collaborated with a neighboring property owner to offer a combined 115-acre parcel for sale or lease just 1½ miles off I-5. The property is being marketed under the title “SUPERSIZED on I-5”. Located east of Rush Road and Maurin Road, it is the largest site at the Chehalis Industrial Park.
Randy Mueller, CEO for the port, said the SUPERSIZED site is big for the I-5 corridor. He feels that with the rising economy, there is demand for a parcel this large.
Mueller’s view is supported by Matt Matayoshi, Executive Director of the Lewis Economic Development Council. He said his organization has already had two requests for large land tracts this year. Although that number might not sound impressive, in the industry it is.
“It’s quite an increase in demand since the recession,” Matayoshi said.
Besides the significant size of the parcel, Matayoshi cited the existence of utilities to the property as well as proximity and “really good” access to I-5 as contributing factors that make the SUPERSIZED parcel desirable and unique. Additionally, the port’s wetland permit has been granted and its mitigation bank has been built.
In addition to the assets specific to the site, Matayoshi said there are tax incentives available for some development projects in this location. “There is no sales and use tax on qualifying distribution center construction, qualifying machinery and equipment, or on qualifying manufacturing buildings,” he said.
Mueller said the number of jobs created by development of the site will vary by the type of industry and site plans of the end user. The site can potentially accommodate 2 million± square feet of building area. A site plan prepared for the port depicts an example of a 1.7 million sq. ft. building.
“The typical jobs-per-acre ratios for a site like this would likely be around 2 to 6, indicating there is room for 230 to 690 jobs fitting on the site at full build-out,” Mueller said.
The port’s neighboring property owner and joint-marketing partner is Puget Western Inc. Gust Erikson, Puget Western’s president, is optimistic about the prospects for the site in light of the millions of dollars already invested in infrastructure and high level of site-readiness.
“The combined site is completely served by new utility lines, new roads, and a new freeway interchange. The hard work has all been done!” Erikson exclaimed.
The port’s Mueller is also pleased the port and Puget Western were able to work cooperatively for the mutual benefit of the port, Puget Western and the community. He noted that the City of Chehalis and Lewis County government are committed to providing fast and friendly service for new job-creating developments.
Dennis Osborne, Community Development Director for the City of Chehalis corroborated Mueller’s comments.
“We are excited to assist the port in any way possible and expedite any permits in any way we can to secure new industry and jobs for the citizens of the City of Chehalis and Port of Chehalis,” Osborne said.
Osborne also noted the port’s vision was instrumental in working with the city to prepare the site for jobs-producing development.
“It has been a great experience working with the port to solve issues that allow development to move forward,” he added.
For Mueller, combining the efforts of the many participants into this public-private partnership has been rewarding.
“Working together with our municipal partners and Puget Western, we are able to offer up a unique asset – a massive, 115-acre shovel-ready site for a very large scale user that will bring jobs to the area,” Mueller said.
Please click on this link to view a map of the site location: SUPERSIZED Site Map
Please click on this link to view a flyer of this offer: SUPERSIZED on I5 Flyer