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Scoping period opens for Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement at Port of Kalama

The public is invited to comment in writing on the scope of the draft statement between January 30, 2018 and March 1, 2018.

Port of Kalama today announced that the scoping period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) is now open to public comment between January 30, 2018 and March 1, 2018.

Northwest Innovation Works, LLC is proposing to develop and operate a natural gas-to-methanol production plant and storage facility at the Port of Kalama. A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the project is being prepared to provide additional analysis and consideration of mitigation for emissions of greenhouse gases from the project.

The public is invited to comment on the scope of the DSEIS which will supplement the final EIS published in September 2016. Public comment must be done in writing and sent via email to SEIS@KalamaMfgFacilitySEPA.com or mailed to:

Ann Farr, Port of Kalama, 110 W. Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625

Additional information on the project and a description of the proposed scope of the DSEIS can be found at www.KalamaMfgFacilitySEPA.com. Public comments can be made there as well.

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Port of Kalama commences construction on Kalama Marina Renovation project, encourages public to sign up for notices

Construction activities on the Marina Renovation Project at the Port of Kalama are scheduled for February 2018 through July 2018. The Port wants the public to be aware that in the coming weeks construction activities to replace certain key features at the marina will commence:

  • Boat launch and fuel docks and floats along with the fuel system
  • Marginal floats and docks in the moorage area and guest dock
  • Power pedestals and waler boards for each slip
  • Roof structure where needed
  • Gangways and wood piling

 

The boat launch and fuel dock along with the fueling system are expected to be closed from approximately mid-April until the end of May, 2018.  Alternative marine fuel locations along the Columbia River are available in St. Helens and Cathlamet.

The Port strongly encourages the public to sign up for email project updates here, and follow the Port on Facebook, where there will be consistent updates and information for marina users. Marina patrons can also sign up for email notices and updates by filling out the form here.

Questions can also be directed to the Port administrative office 360-673-2325 at any time.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of July.

“We understand what an interruption means to our valued patrons and visitors and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we embark on the biggest marina renovation project since it was originally built,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “While there will be short-term construction, we believe the end product will restore the marina so it can be enjoyed for decades to come.”

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet:
The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama’s industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43′ federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 1,000 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 30-minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: Visit https://portofkalama.com/available-properties/.

Contact: Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2379 or Claudia Johnson, PR, 503-799-2220.

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Discover! What is the Port of Kalama? What is our mission?

Thank you for joining us on our journey of discovery. There will be opportunities for us to gather at events and get to know each other—but for now, we’ll go first!

What is the Port of Kalama?

The Port of Kalama is a local government agency considered a Special Purpose District in the State of Washington, which has the largest system of public ports in the world. In Washington, Special Purpose Districts are limited purpose local governments separate from a city, town, or county government. The Port was organized by a vote of the people of Kalama, Washington in 1920. The elected Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners meets twice a month to discuss Port business and set policy based on a legal community directive called a Comprehensive Planning Process. The Port welcomes the public to Commission meetings which are held in the Port of Kalama Administrative Office Building, 110 West Marine Drive, Kalama, Washington 98625.

What is the Port’s mission?

The Port of Kalama’s mission is ‘to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities.’  The Commission ensures a sound economic development strategy for the Port to create a balanced and diverse industry base, provide living wage jobs and a range of community recreational amenities. The Kalama River Industrial Park—now  home to many business tenants—and recent construction of Haydu Park and maintenance of the Kalama marina and riverfront parks are examples of the commission’s stewardship.

At the core of our mission is a promise to carefully evaluate community investments all while protecting and enhancing our natural resources. That careful balance is in the DNA of every single project the Port embarks upon.

What are Port of Kalama boundaries?

The Port of Kalama lies between the Port of Woodland to the south and the Port of Longview to the north within Cowlitz County. Some of the Port lies within the City of Kalama and some is within the jurisdiction of Cowlitz County. The Port of Kalama has five distinct areas, including:

  • North Port Heavy Industrial Area
  • East Port –Spencer Creek Business Park and Haydu Park
  • Kalama River Industrial Park
  • Central Port Primarily Recreational Area
  • South Port Industrial Area

Next up:

Discover! Port of Kalama Commissioners—roles, responsibilities, districts

 

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Port of Kalama seeks innovative partner to develop first phase of Spencer Creek Business Park

The Port of Kalama has issued a Request for Interest (RFI) seeking a partner in the development of the five-acre commercial parcel located at the entry to the proposed Spencer Creek Business Park. The high-visibility site is a critical first phase of the long-planned Spencer Creek Business Park and is expected to be a major focus of ongoing economic development efforts.

The Port seeks an innovative partner to create a desirable destination off of I-5 at the entry to the Spencer Creek Business Park. The first phase of commercial development is now being planned as the gateway for the rest of the mixed-use property. More than 30 companies, employing more than 1,000 people, already call the Port of Kalama home, and the Port’s Industrial Parks employ more than 400 people just ¾ – mile from the proposed site at the Park.

“The Port of Kalama seeks a partner that brings vision and expertise to the development of this important new mixed use commercial site—we’ve already made a significant investment in site preparation and infrastructure to support future development, and the Port offers the financial capability and commitment to provide the necessary ongoing support to assure a successful outcome for the development,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “The Port is committed to reducing barriers to development and providing clarity and certainty throughout the development process for projects that support the Port’s economic and community development objectives.”

The 70-acre Spencer Creek Business Park will support a mix of light industrial, office, commercial and retail uses including:

  • Light industrial
  • Commercial/retail
  • Hotel
  • Convenience store
  • Dining

The Port successfully petitioned to annex its East Port properties including Haydu sports park and Spencer Creek Business Park, into the City of Kalama in 2014.  As a result, local city revenues should benefit from upcoming business and leasehold activity. The Port will finance public improvements including new sidewalks, road upgrades and habitat enhancements.

Preliminary work at Spencer Creek Business Park will go out to bid early 2018 and includes filling and grading, installation of storm water treatment systems, and road improvements to make way for new commercial development. While East Port will be built out over many years, business park construction and operational activities are projected to support more than 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars in new local economic activity.

“We fully expect the development of Spencer Creek Business Park to attract new commercial businesses to the region and provide more family wage jobs here,” said Wilson.  “Not only are we expanding recreational and employment opportunities, we’re offering first-rate facilities to draw visitors and investment from throughout our region and beyond.”

A competitive, driven and innovative team, Port of Kalama staff act as ‘Boots on the Ground’ for a growing community of businesses who have relocated or grown there—committed to customer service and helping developers and businesses thrive:

  • Experienced developers
  • Capital-rich entity with funding for partnership
  • Economic and environmental award-winning team
  • Right off I-5
  • Collaborative, business-friendly

 

The Port of Kalama celebrates an extensive list of environmental and economic awards and acclaim:

  • In 2015, Port of Kalama was named the Washington State Port of the Year—a distinct honor awarded for outstanding long-term vision, innovation and community collaboration to create jobs and improve quality of life—all things the Port was created to do.
  • The City of Kalama and Port together earned the 2014 Governor’s Smart Communities Award for their collaboration on planning the multi-use Spencer Creek Business Park property which is expected to boost the region’s available commercial property, economy and job opportunities.
  • The Port consistently wins the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality, which awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages.

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Discover! Port of Kalama

Can we talk?

We’ll bet you wonder just what the Port of Kalama exists to do—and why!

Who are we? What do we do? Why do we do it? Who makes the decisions and how?

Come along as we discover the Port of Kalama—all of the complexities, programs, contributions and responsibilities of the largest Special Purpose District in Kalama.

Let’s get to know each other.

First an overview: Just 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon, business and community development are booming at the Port of Kalama. With more than 30 companies, employing over 1,000 people, the Port of Kalama offers prime industrial land and exceptional move-in-ready industrial buildings. The Port’s sweeping riverfront industrial acreage with easy access to all modes of transportation are always attracting new and emerging businesses. And that’s all part of the plan.

But that’s not all. The Port of Kalama also celebrates an extensive list of environmental and economic awards, recreational treasures and acclaim as an approachable, friendly climate for businesses and guests. And in 2015, Port of Kalama was named Port of the Year in Washington State. It is a distinct honor awarded for outstanding long-term vision, innovation and community collaboration to create jobs and improve quality of life—all things the Port was created to do.

At the core of the Port of Kalama’s mission is a promise to carefully evaluate community investments to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities all while protecting and enhancing the environment and natural resources. That careful balance is in the DNA of every single project the Port embarks upon. It is the Port’s job to follow an approved Comprehensive Scheme—required by law—to ensure that the environment, economy and community assets are thoughtfully planned to work in harmony with one another.

Have questions? Call us at 360/673-2325

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Discover! What is the Port of Kalama and what is our mission?

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