Port set to invest $400,000 in
Waitsburg Business Park
| Completion by the spring of 2013 of a multiple lot business park in Waitsburg is expected to contribute to success in recruiting additional businesses to the historic town.
The Port is moving ahead with development of the Waitsburg Business Park with an investment of $400,000 for the construction of an access road and installation of utilities. When completed the Waitsburg Business Park will offer seven developable lots ranging in size from 1.1 acres to 1.8 acres.
Port officials say they expect the first lot to be occupied by Harry Johnson Plumbing & Excavation, LLC. The Walla Walla based firm is planning to build a 4,000 square foot office/shop complex along with a fenced equipment yard.
"When Mark Johnson approached the Port with an interest in building in Waitsburg we thought it was an excellent opportunity to proceed with the Waitsburg Business Park," said Port Commissioner Mike Fredrickson.|
At the request of the City of Waitsburg, the new access road will be named EJ Hays Place to honor Elmer and Joan Hays, long time civic leaders in the Waitsburg community.
"I am optimistic once the businesss park is built the Port will have success in recruiting additional businesses to Waitsburg."
Port of Walla Walla Commissioner
The Waitsburg Business Park site, located off Millrace Road and west of the Walla Walla County Public Works complex, will offer seven developable lots ranging in size from 1.1 acres to 1.8 acres.
2013, a big year
Next year (2013) promises to be one of significant progress for the long-planned
Burbank Business Park. The Port of Walla Walla plans at least four major activities aimed at getting the business park ready for development.
The Port and City of Pasco have finalized a sewer treatment agreement that allows the Port to place a pipe under the Snake River that will connect to a City of Pasco sewer trunk line. The City will then provide sewer treatment services. The Port is in the final stages of obtaining the necessary permits for the installation. Construction should begin in early 2013.
The final design is well underway for extending water and sewer lines to lots scheduled for development in the first phase of the Park. Bids for construction of these infrastructure improvemrnts will be called for in early 2013.
The Port is preparing the binding site plan for the business park which lays out the dimensions of all the lots to be developed. The plan should be approved by Walla Walla County in early 2013.
The Port's goal is to begin selling lots in the fall of 2013 for businesses interested in locating at the Burbank Business Park.
"While the development of the Burbank Business Park has taken years of planning, the end result will be a well thought out commercial and light industrial business park that will be a tremendous asset to the Burbank community."
Port of Walla Walla