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Port of Sunnyside lands $450,000 for Edison upgrades

A stretch of farming fields owned by the Port of Sunnyside along East Edison Avenue is in for a transformation thanks to a $450,000 funding package approved for the Port.

Last Thursday, Yakima County's Supporting Investment in Economic Development (SIED) board approved a $225,000 grant and $225,000 low interest loan for the Port's plans to run curb, gutter and sidewalk along a stretch on the north side of Edison running from the Horizon building to SR 241.

The $225,000 grant requires a 10 percent match by the Port according to Jay Hester, the Port's property development and project manager.

Other improvements to be funded from the grant/loan package-which still requires formal approval from Yakima County commissioners-include water, sewer, irrigation lines and utilities to serve the Port's East Edison acreage.

The Port has 96 acres available for business development, called the Edison Business Park. A 9,000 square-foot medical clinic is already slated to go in on 2.5 acres of the site by 2009.

Hester said bids will go out this summer on the infrastructure improvements funded by SIED, with an eye towards starting work this August.

"The project provides infrastructure necessary for the medical clinic to proceed with construction, but it lays the important ground work for other development with the park," Hester stated in a press release."

Other projects that have been discussed for the Edison Business Park include a vocational training center.

Hester said this morning the grant/loan package will help fulfill a vision for the East Edison acreage that is five years in the making.

"People will see an actual industrial park division set up," he said. "With the corn and the fencing there now it's kind of difficult to see that."

In addition, motorists will in the future see construction signs posted at the business park, along with signage to indicate parcels still available for purchase.

"We're hoping to have everything done by October," Hester said of the SIED-funded improvements. "But we may miss an opportunity for asphalting this year because of weather changes."

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