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Port lands funding to create new road

The Port of Sunnyside will receive a grant/loan package of $176,000 to build a new road to accomodate a Kennewick business expanding into the Sunnyside area.

Kennewick Industrial and Electrical Supply (KIE) will build a 12,000 square-foot facility on land off of Alexander Road, just east of the Darigold Dairy Fair.

To access the building, as well as adjacent parcels, a 410-foot long road will be built off of Alexander.

A group known as the Yakima County Development Association, or New Vision, has pledged an $88,000 grant and an $88,000 loan in SIED (Supporting Investments in Economic Development) funds to construct the road. The loan will be distributed to KIE via the port and KIE will pay back the money.

This past October the port sold KIE two acres, at a price of $68,000, to build the development.

Jay Hester, the port's property, development and project manager, said in a press release that the new road will include a center-turn lane, as well as sidewalks, curb and gutter.

This morning Hester said KIE's building is expected to open this summer, and that the port will decide on a name for the new road.

KIE has been in business since the 1950s and, in addition to the planned Sunnyside site, has other locations in Hermiston and La Grande, Ore., as well as Walla Walla.

After KIE purchased the land for its Sunnyside's operations this past October, Port Manager Amber Hansen said the plant here would be used for a warehouse, as well as selling wholesale and retail piping, plumbing and electrical supplies.

Once it's up and running, KIE's Sunnyside location anticipates hiring six workers.

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