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Port to add proposed technology skills center to its comprehensive plan

It's a formality, but one which the Sunnyside Port District's funding sources insist upon. In order to sell any of its property, the Port must declare it surplus, according to Sunnyside Port Manager Amber Hansen.

The Sunnyside Port Commission will hold a public hearing Monday, Aug. 15, to make it clear what the commissioners plan to do with its Edison Avenue industrial park property, particularly the property being proposed as the future site of the Lower Valley Vocational and Technology Skills Center.

"We will be making an amendment to our comprehensive development plan in order to declared the property as surplus and to detail the future development of the East Edison location," explained Hansen.

She said the public hearing, to be held at 7 p.m. at the Port office at 520 S. Seventh St., will take public comment on the Port's proposal. The public is invited to attend and give testimony on the proposed amendment, Hansen said.

Once the East Edison location is added to its comprehensive plan, the Port will proceed with its plan to seek funding to finance a marketing and engineering feasibility plan for the technology center.

The vocational and technology center is being proposed as a partnership between the Port, the Sunnyside School District, other Lower Valley School districts, Yakima Valley Community College and private businesses to provide a vocational education training center in the Lower Valley.

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