Project will develop a 15-acre parcel
June 17, 2015, The Reflector
The Port of Woodland has been awarded Washington State CERB funding for the Guild Road Industrial Park design, engineering and permitting.
The project will develop a 15-acre parcel, referred to as the Old Rose Growers site, to build a three-to-five building complex for light industrial manufacturing, distribution and transport site. Located just one mile from Interstate 5 off exit 22, the site is ideal location for development as identified by the Port in 2000 when the site was purchased.
“The Port is appreciative to the CERB board for awarding funds for the Guild Road project that will provide future family wage jobs and support existing and emerging industries in the region,” said Port Commissioner Dale Boon.
The Port received Rural Development funds from the Board of Cowlitz County Commissioners on May 5 for $50,000. The Port is submitting a request to the Economic Development Administration and should receive notification in the late summer.
The Guild Road Industrial Park design, engineering and permitting is estimated at $200,000 with the overall project estimated at $5 million.
“The Port is at 100 percent capacity for our building lease space,” said Jennifer Keene, the Port’s executive director. “At least three times a week we receive inquiries about available building space. The Guild Road project is a great opportunity to develop 25,000 to 45,000 square foot buildings to attract new industries to Woodland, create family wage jobs, and support growth in the Woodland Port district. For some companies, these buildings can’t be built soon enough. Woodland is seeing a lot of interest, new businesses, new growth, and we do not anticipate that to change in the near future.”
The Port of Woodland was established in 1961 and has 425 acres of industrial and agricultural property. There are 18 companies and farms at the Port creating over 300 jobs. The Commission is committed to attracting and retaining family wage jobs, supporting the industrial development and providing recreational opportunities to the region.