The Port of Kalama is considering a letter of intent from a Kelso contractor to develop a 7-acre portion of the Spencer Creek Business Park.
Pacific Tech Construction’s letter is the first written proposal for the 70-acre business park the port has received since it requested development proposals nearly two years ago.
Potential uses of the 7-acre parcel include a hotel, restaurant, bar, gift shop, meeting room, fast food or coffee stands, and gas station, according to Pacific Tech’s proposal. Liz Newman, port marketing and communication manager, said the port’s feasibility study indicates those types of business would be successful at that location.
The business park is located off Kalama River Road just east of Interstate 5.
The letter of intent outlines a one-year agreement that allows Pacific Tech to seek commercial tenants for the location, negotiate property lease agreements and develop the next stage of streets at the business park.
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“This could not be a better collaboration for the port to determine the best use of the entry to the Spencer Creek Business Park. We are pleased that a local Cowlitz County firm shares our vision for what could be,” Mark Wilson, port executive director, said in a press release. “We will collaborate every step of the way to ensure the most productive and beneficial use of this tract of land.”
Port commissioners Wednesday expressed support for the proposal.
“It falls within our strategic plan, and that someone local wants to put something into our properties says something,” Commissioner Troy Stariha said at the meeting.
Pacific Tech first responded to the port’s 2018 request for interest last December. The company and port staff have been in discussion since then, said Eric Yakovich, economic development director.