By Erik Olson, February 11, 2014, Longview Daily News
Port of Longview officials said Tuesday they are preparing to hire a consultant to help develop a business park plan for the Barlow Point property west of Longview, which the port is touting as a potential site for new employers.
Port officials plan to identify general concepts turn them over to three consulting firms to develop designs. Port officials then plan to choose one of those proposals and hire the consultant later this summer.
Port officials have not set a cost for consulting. They estimate they need to spend about $11.1 million to get the 275-acre property ready for development, which includes paying consultants, extending sewer lines, building roads and bringing other utilities to the area.
An open house to show the proposals to the public is tentatively scheduled for late June. Port officials also plan to post regular updates on their website, www.portoflongview.com.
The Barlow Point property is the port’s biggest undeveloped chunk of land. The parcel, which is mostly farmland, was bought at a foreclosure auction for $2.45 million and fronts the Columbia Rivers west of the shuttered Reynolds Metals Co. cable plant.
Port officials did not discuss specific tenants, but they expect to try to lure multiple bulk-cargo facilities to the property.