Washington State– The Port of Kalama has issued a request for interest (RFI) from developers for a 5-acre parcel of land located near the old Kalama fairgrounds. The site, that is part of the Spencer Creek Business Park, could potentially feature a range of retail or commercial services, including a fuel station, hotel, restaurants and coffee shops. The parcel’s development is expected to set the tone for the business park’s remaining 65 acres. The RFI is expected to result in the selection of a development team for an exclusive negotiating period.
The port has considered developing its property east of Interstate 5 for more than a decade – slowly purchasing nearby land and conducting economic feasibility studies. The port will also seek bids in the spring for a $5 million road project that will add a new roundabout at the intersection of Kalama River Road and Highway 99. Street improvements for the area between Haydu Park and Meeker Drive are under design, as well. The port also plans to relocate and install utilities to support the site’s development. Responses for the RFI are due at the end of this month.
South Carolina- The $762 million Leatherman Terminal will shift from the planning phase to construction in 2020, but the State Ports Authority has already put in an order for new ship-to-shore cranes for the North Charleston maritime hub. While plans for the terminal are already underway, contracts for the wharf, container yard and other facilities are expected to be awarded next spring. While the cranes from the terminal are built, the design plans are still being finalized and should be completed by the end of the year.
The first phase of the terminal is expected to be completed in the next three years; however, the full design will take the next decade to complete. Once completed, the terminal will include 13 dockside cranes, 202 acres of storage space and more than 3,500 feet of continuous berth. Overall the facility is expected to handle up to 1.4 million cargo boxes each year. In addition to facility construction, plans for the terminal also include building a four-lane road to connect the area to Interstate-26 and the construction of a $130 million rail yard.
Officials in Georgia and South Carolina are preparing to build the $5 billion Jasper Ocean Terminal, which is set to be constructed in South Carolina, just downstream from Savannah, Ga. The Georgia Ports Authority this week approved spending $7.5 million, its share of the costs for environmental studies. South Carolina legislators have already approved that state’s contribution.
Work on the 1,500-acre port will pick up the pace in three years, when the states are expected to begin the project in earnest by spending an additional $50 million to $100 million each for engineering, design and further environmental projects.
The nearby ports of Savannah and Charleston, S.C., also are in the midst of channel-deepening and terminal-expansion projects in anticipation of increased business from the Panama Canal expansion. However, Savannah’s Garden City Terminal is projected to reach its capacity within 15 years. That fact has led officials in both states to back the creation of the new port, which will cost the states at least $4.3 billion. It will feature the central terminal with docks, warehouses and new roads that stretch along the Savannah River.