In an effort to create larger parcels of land to attract potential industrial users, the Sunnyside Port Commission has agreed to purchase the old Yakima Rendering plant, located in the middle of the Port's property on Midvale Road.
The commissioners approved the purchase of the 10-acre plant from Darling International Inc. at their Jan. 5 meeting. The purchase price for the property is $175,000.
The purchase will allow the Port to offer up to 60 acres to interested industrial users, explained Port Manager Amber Hansen.
The plant is bound by Port property and a railroad line.
"It made sense for the Port to purchase the property in order to have a 60-acre site available to potential buyers seeking such a land mass," she explained. "We already own a 20-acre and a 30-acre site near the plant. By purchasing the plant property we can now offer a total of 60 acres to any user seeking such a large site," she explained.
She said the Port is now in the process of conducting its own environmental review of the property, which has been used for the past 15 years as a transfer station.
The rendering operation was shut down in the late 1980s.