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Funds approved for Bleyhl propane site

Yakima County commissioners yesterday, Tuesday, approved a grant/loan package for Bleyhl's new petroleum storage and delivery site located east of Midvale Road between Curfman Steel and the Port of Sunnyside's industrial wastewater plant.

Bleyhl purchased the two-acre site in July from the Port of Sunnyside for $50,000. The company currently stores petroleum near downtown Sunnyside, but limited space and security concerns prompted the move to a more out of the way location.

Yesterday's action by commissioners clears the way for a $275,000 grant/loan package to the Port District from the SIED board. Half of the funds are a grant and half is a loan to be paid back.

The Port of Sunnyside also obtained a $275,000 loan from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board.

The funds will go towards building a rail spur to allow for propane delivery and storage, as well as an access road to the property.

Jay Hester is the property development and project manager for the port, and he said Bleyhl will repay the money used for the rail spur, as well as a portion of the money used for the access road.

Repaying money for the access road will be divided between Bleyhl and other future businesses who will need to use it.

Hester says the rail spur and access road projects will go out for bid in January.

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