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Work moving forward on Bleyhl propane site

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There's plenty of dirt moving in preparation for Bleyhl's new propane distribution site. The big rigs pictured are digging out trenches for utility lines that will serve the property.

Nearly a year after it paid $50,000 for the site, Bleyhl Farm Service is seeing its propane storage site off of Midvale Road take shape.

Work started in earnest about two weeks ago and the groundwork is in place to pave the two-acre site by July 4. Work should wrap up in time for Bleyhl to operate its propane service on site by this fall.

The site is located off the east side of Midvale Road between Curfman Steel and the Port of Sunnyside's industrial wastewater plant. Bleyhl bought the land from the Port of Sunnyside last July.

The company currently stores propane near downtown Sunnyside, but limited space and security concerns prompted the move to a more out of the way location.

Developing the site for propane delivery and storage means an access road has to be built to the site, as well as a rail spur.

The port and Bleyhl is receiving help in the form of grants and loans to build infrastructure that will aid economic development.

The road, likely to be called Port Drive, will also serve future light or heavy industrial companies on three other building lots.

The fast-paced work brings the site near Midvale Road full circle, as the same company - Sharp-Prezler of Kennewick - which in 1973 built a sprayfield on the property for the port, is now preparing it for business development.

When completed, the property will be paved all the way out to Midvale Road.

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