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The Chronicle: “Our Views: NIMBYs Misguided in Opposition to Centralia Station”

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Our Views: NIMBYs Misguided in Opposition to Centralia StationThe ChronicleMarch 21, 2013 With the recent purchase of about a dozen properties, the Port of Centralia announced it has nearly finished with acquisition for the planned Centralia Station, a multi-use development on 43 acres just south of Mellen Street and east of Interstate 5. The development aims to attract major retailers and restaurants, and expand both Centralia College and Providence Centralia Hospital facilities. At least one resident in the area of the development is miffed at the progress. The person called the backers of Centralia Station “greedy” and claimed it was “destroying my once nice neighborhood.” NIMBYs (Not in My Back Yard) often have valid reasons to oppose various projects that...

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The Chronicle: “Port of Centralia Nears End of Property Acquisition for New Development”

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Port of Centralia Nears End of Property Acquisition for New DevelopmentAmy Nile, The ChronicleMarch 21, 2013 With about a dozen newly purchased parcels of land, the Port of Centralia is nearing the end of its property acquisition process for its multi-use development just south of the Mellen Street interchange, according to Executive Director Kyle Heaton. The new development, named Centralia Station, aims to bring jobs, generate tax revenue and expand business in the Hub City. The proposed 43-acre development on the south end of Long Road will take advantage of the new infrastructure being built as part of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s upgrades to Interstate 5. The development is being designed to combine major retailers, community college...

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Business Examiner: “Economic Forecast: Lewis County”

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Economic Forecast: Lewis County Business Examiner January 2013 For Lewis County, the mostly forested, 2,436-square-mile region between Mt. Rainier and the Columbia River, economic development will be doing just fine in 2013. “Right now we need to be growing businesses, building the infrastructure for that, finding new ways to provide job education and training … and we’re on it,” said Lewis County Economic Development Council executive director Dick Larman. The key piece of the picture is Centralia Station, a 52-acre mixed-use site deal inked last year, which will meld business growth with the region’s railroad-based history. A combined effort between the Port of Centralia, Centralia College, and the EDC, the space will include a 870,000-square-foot site for...

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The Chronicle: “Lewis County’s Jobless Rate Ranks Worst in State”

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Lewis County’s Jobless Rate Ranks Worst in State Amy Nile, The Chronicle December 27, 2012 Even as extended unemployment benefits are set to disappear next week, Lewis County’s jobless rate rose in November to the highest in the state at 11.5 percent, according to statistics released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department. But the statewide jobless figure fell to 7.8 percent and the national rate dropped to 7.7 percent over the month. Because the state’s jobless rate has fallen, the federal 99-week extended unemployment benefits will expire Jan. 1. Now, jobless people will receive just 26 weeks of unemployment checks. That leaves the 690 people who were on the extended benefits in Lewis County as of Nov. 30 without help. Jim Vleming, a labor...

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Curbed: “All Aboard At The Upcoming Centralia Station”

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All Aboard At The Upcoming Centralia Station Sean Keeley, Curbed November 19, 2012 Back in the day, stagecoaches on their way from the Columbia River to Seattle would stop at a halfway point, aptly dubbed Centralia. Over the years, the sparsely-populated Lewis County town has seen the railroad and coal mining define its industry. Today, Port of Centralia officials announced new plans to build a multi-use project off Interstate 5 that will bring new retail and office space to the town as well as promote the region’s rich history. Dubbed “Centralia Station,” the project will include major retailers; community college facilities, retail spaces for local small businesses, office spaces, medical facilities; restaurants, warehouse space and sports...

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PSBJ: “Port of Centralia announces plans for big new mixed-use development”

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Port of Centralia announces plans for big new mixed-use development Marc Stiles, Puget Sound Business Journal November 19, 2012   A “major new development” will be built in Lewis County, Port of Centralia officials announced. The project, Centralia Station, will be a multi-use project off of the new Mellen Street interchange on Interstate 5. The project site is approximately 50 acres and on the east side of the freeway, said port Executive Director Kyle Heaton. A nursing home was on part of the property that “has kind of been in decay,” he said. “It’s an area that has been sitting there idle for many, many years.” Preliminary plans call for up to 400,000 square feet of retail; 400,000 square feet of tech warehouse space; 40,000...

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