Port of Vancouver approves prep work for industrial site

first_imgWork to prepare a key Port of Vancouver property for potential employers will begin soon, thanks to a $5.3 million contract unanimously approved by the port’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.The contract hires Rotschy Inc., a Vancouver excavation and construction company, to install infrastructure, including underground utilities and streets, at the 58-acre portion of the port’s 108-acre, light-industrial-zoned Centennial Industrial Park.Rotschy’s work is expected to last about eight months in 2013, beginning in January and finishing by the end of August. Furnishing the property with utilities, sidewalks, landscaping and streets is aimed at luring employers to set up shop at the 58-acre parcel, which port officials say is capable of producing 500 family-wage jobs.Port officials said they hope to have a building up at the site by the end of 2013. The port’s executive director, Todd Coleman, said the port’s available lease space is essentially full, so it’s important to get a “warehouse in the ground” at the Centennial site as soon as possible.Part of larger effortThe port board’s decision to dress up the Centennial parcel with infrastructure is part of a larger regional effort to offer more shovel-ready land to employers. Spearheaded by the Columbia River Economic Development Council — the Vancouver-based nonprofit jobs promoter and business recruiter — the effort seeks to build up Clark County’s inventory of land set aside for industry.last_img read more