Marissa Luck, April 10, 2015, The Daily News
The Port of Kalama is planning to build two warehouses for Steelscape Inc.
The $6.32 million project will be south of Steelscape’s existing manufacturing plant. The existing warehouse is on property slated for Northwest Innovation Works, which is proposing to build a methanol plant at the Port of Kalama. Northwest Innovation will use Steelscape’s current, 37,150-square-foot warehouse once Steelscape has vacated the building.
The port will pay for construction of the buildings, but plans to recoup the cost through increased rent over the remaining 17 years of its lease agreement with Steelscape, port spokeswoman Liz Newman said. The exact increase in rent will depend on the final cost of construction. The estimate on the buildings is likely on the “high end,” Newman said. Steelscape pays $15,700 per month in rental fees for the existing warehouse, not for all operations.
One of the 17,500-square-foot warehouses will be used to store paint. A larger 45,214-square-foot building will be used to store steel coils.
Port of Kalama commissioners agreed Wednesday to amend the lease agreement with Steelscape. But construction won’t start for several months because preparation of the ground or “preloading” has yet to begin, port executive director Mark Wilson said.
The $200,000 preloading project was awarded Wednesday to Tapani Underground Inc., of Battle Ground. The company also is responsible for building Haydu Park, a sports park and activities center being built on port property.
The port will accept bids on Steelscape’s warehouse construction later this summer.