Carnation plant acquisition, downtown revitalization focus of Sunnyside Port meeting

The Port of Sunnyside meeting Monday evening reviewed the downtown revitalization project, the current situation on the Carnation plant and a theft of Port property.

In the quick meeting, Port commissioners were updated on the first downtown revitalization meeting and discussed how it might impact Port properties and port-supported industry. The inadequate infrastructure near the downtown core was mentioned.

Commissioners also received an update on the status of the Carnation plant project. The consultants have pushed back their schedule slightly, and testing of the extent of ground contamination may commence in early November. Commissioners also discussed the need to explain the project better to the public, as some confusion about the situation seems to continue.

The Port does not own the Carnation plant but is currently using a development grant to investigate whether the property is worth acquiring. The consultants are determining if the best use of the property is worth more than the cost to clean up the land. If the project is financially feasible, Port officials may decide to move forward with acquiring the property.

The commissioners were also informed of the theft of a gate from Port property. The steel in the half-ton gate isn't worth a lot, and the reason for the theft is unknown. Port officials are currently investigating replacement costs.


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