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Travel center planned for north of Castle Rock

Travel center planned for north of Castle Rock

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Interstate 5 drivers could have a new spot to stop for gas and food next year, as a Clackamas developer’s plans for a travel center north of Castle Rock move forward.

JLP Development LLC submitted planning documents to the county last fall for a travel center at 9515 Old Pacific Highway North, which is off the Toutle Park Road/Barnes Drive exit (Exit 52).

The Space Age Castle Rock Travel Center, expected to employ 20 people, would include a gas station, truck scales, convenience store and a fast food restaurant with a drive-thru, according to planning documents.

The development will take up nine acres of a 12-acre site.

The Cowlitz County Department of Building and Planning in December determined that the development wouldn’t negatively affect the environment as long as it follows certain conditions. The county sent the developer a request for more information last month, according to planning documents.

Before the project moves forward, the developer needs to give the county a hydrogeologic assessment, critical areas permit fee and a professional archaeological survey, as well as respond to comments from the county and state agencies.

Ron Melin, county planning division manager, said the developer hopes to have the requested information back to the county within nine months. If it receives all the information, the county can then issue planning clearance, which allows the developer to apply for local and state permits, he said.

A representative of the development firm did not return calls for comment.

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