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LewisTalk: “Centralia Station Moving Forward”

»Posted by on May 11, 2016 in News | Comments Off on LewisTalk: “Centralia Station Moving Forward”

Centralia Station Moving Forward Port of Centralia for LewisTalk May 10, 2016 In 2012, the Port of Centralia announced Centralia Station, a proposed development to be located off the new Mellen Street interchange. Now, almost four years later, the Port is completing final property acquisitions and preparing to move forward with construction, which will take place over the next two years. “The Port is very excited to be undertaking the Centralia Station project and making this investment in our community. This project will bring immediate benefits to our region while creating long-lasting assets for generations to come,” said Kyle Heaton, executive director of the Port of Centralia. Centralia Station will be a multi-use development, home to new office spaces as...

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The Chronicle: “Art Lehman Commentary: Centralia Station Will Give Boost to Economy”

»Posted by on May 9, 2016 in News | Comments Off on The Chronicle: “Art Lehman Commentary: Centralia Station Will Give Boost to Economy”

Art Lehman Commentary: Centralia Station Will Give Boost to Economy Art Lehman for The Chronicle May 6, 2016 Once the railroad established a direct connection to Centralia, workers flooded the area seeking jobs in logging and milling. After the Great Depression, World War II lifted the region’s economy with its demand for wood and farm products. The ebb-and-flow and boom-or-bust cadence to economic activity in our region continues today. Our county is still recovering from the 2009 recession, when unemployment peaked at 13.2 percent. Today, at 8.4 percent, it still sits well above the state’s average. We have seen indicators of this recovery, including the opening of the Northwest Sports Hub in Fort Borst Park. I was elected a commissioner when the Port of...

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Port of Centralia News: “Centralia Station Construction Is Underway”

»Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Port of Centralia News: “Centralia Station Construction Is Underway”

Breaking Ground: Centralia Station Construction Is Underway Port of Centralia News October 16, 2014 The Centralia Station project is officially underway as ground has been broken and the excavation work begins. In phase I of the construction, the Port of Centralia is constructing a stormwater facility on Long Road and grading the land to service the Centralia Station project. OSG Dozing, LLC is completing the work after submitting the low bid for $216,750 and construction should be completed by the end of the year. Phase II will begin in the spring with the completion of the waste water facilities and the beginning of building and installing the infrastructure. The ground breaking is the culmination of a long road to bring Centralia Station to Lewis County. The...

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The Chronicle: “Centralia Station Project Moving Forward After Appeals”

»Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in News | Comments Off on The Chronicle: “Centralia Station Project Moving Forward After Appeals”

Centralia Station Project Moving Forward After Appeals The Chronicle June 10, 2014 The Centralia Station project is moving forward after contentious proceedings with Lewis County government. That’s the message Port of Centralia Executive Director Kyle Heaton brought to about 50 people at Monday’s Chamber Forum at O’Blarney’s in downtown Centralia. Heaton was invited by the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce to speak about the proposed mixed-use development, in essence giving several leaders in the business community a chance to hear directly from port leadership how the project is progressing. Centralia Station is a proposed 43-acre mixed-use development on the south end of Long Road in Centralia, aiming to combine retailers, medical offices, warehouses and...

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The Chronicle: “Our Views: Centralia Station Remains a Promising Prospect”

»Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in News | Comments Off on The Chronicle: “Our Views: Centralia Station Remains a Promising Prospect”

Our Views: Centralia Station Remains a Promising Prospect The Chronicle April 8, 2014 Centralia Station could become as much an economic driver for Centralia as the Twin City Town Center is for Chehalis. If all comes to fruition, it would include major retailers, restaurants, Centralia College amenities, manufacturing businesses that produce high-quality goods with well-paid workers and much more. Sales tax revenues could help improve an already balanced budget in Centralia, with the Port of Centralia coming through on one of its major missions of improving the economy and creating jobs. There is much work left to be done in order to convert the best-laid plans to reality. The work will include a lot of give and take from the many governmental players involved....

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The Chronicle: “Our Views: Centralia Station Project Presses Forward”

»Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in News | Comments Off on The Chronicle: “Our Views: Centralia Station Project Presses Forward”

Our Views: Centralia Station Project Presses Forward The Chronicle October 17, 2013 We’ve been in a rough economic ride in Southwest Washington. Going back decades, the spotted owl and the decimation of the logging industry was a heavy body blow. In 2006 the mine at TransAlta closed, resulting in the loss of about 600 top-wage jobs (thankfully TransAlta continues to turn the turbines and still employs hundreds). That was followed in 2007 by the disastrous flood, and shortly thereafter several years of the Great Recession. Today we still have high unemployment. Add this past two weeks of federal government shutdown frustration, and we really have been battered and bruised. Our future, however, is bright. The recession ended, unemployment is slowly declining. We...

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