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Port of Grandview Commissioner Ron Grow discusses the status of the port’s newest business park at Tuesday night’s meeting.
As of Wednesday, April 29, 2015
GRANDVIEW – The next step in preparing the Port of Grandview’s newest property for development will happen at Grandview City Hall on Tuesday, May 19, at 3 p.m.
That’s when the proposed annexation of the Higgins property will get a public hearing. The 24-acre property in question is between Higgins Way and Bethany Road, adjacent to the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The port plans to build a business park on the property.
Still in question is the zoning of the property, which is currently listed as industrial by Yakima County. The plan is currently to zone it light industrial when it is annexed.
The port commissioners reviewed a notice of mitigated determination of non-significance issued by the city regarding the property during their Tuesday night meeting.
“There are some notes... we can’t build on the natural gas pipeline, we may have to account for increased traffic,” said Jim Sewell, president of the port commissioners. “It’s very good news and we can move on to the next step.”
The proposal for annexation includes other land near the port’s property, including a 33-acre parcel north of Higgins Way. The port has a five-year option to purchase that property.
In addition, three small parcels located south of the main property between Yakima Valley Highway and Bethany Road totaling 6.44 acres will be considered for annexation into Grandview. The properties are part of the city’s urban growth area but are not included in the port’s proposed business park.