Port of Camas-Washougal Executive Director Dave Ripp said he was elated when he found out the state budget recently approved by the legislature includes $1.5 million for the Steigerwald Commerce Center.
The state funding will go toward phase one of the project, formerly known as the East Industrial Park. Phase one is expected to include the extension of approximately 1,500 feet of street from Truman, east into the commerce center.
“This Jobs Bond Package will allow the port to reach our goal to advance as quickly as possible through the permitting process and to potentially be ‘moving dirt’ on phase one of the site as soon as late summer 2012,” Ripp said. “This $1.5 million is just part of an overall $14 million investment the port is working on for the development of the entire site.
“The port cannot afford to construct all the infrastructure for the entire 120 acres, so we break it up into phases,” he added.
Infrastructure includes streets, curbs, gutters, water, sewer, electricity and stormwater.
Ripp put together a funding proposal for the commerce center project after the Washington Public Ports Association forwarded a request from the state wanting to know the number and type of economic development infrastructure projects that were in the planning process and how close they were to the construction phase.