A grain shipping terminal developer is shopping around for sites in the Northwest and expressed some interest in the Port of Portlands west Hayden Island property.
The project developers initially looked at a site at the Port of Tacoma and appear to be doing due diligence to check into competing sites, says Josh Thomas, media relations manager for the Port of Portlands marine and industrial development efforts.
It would be a good fit for west Hayden Island, Thomas says.
However, the port is still awaiting a Portland City Council vote on whether to annex some 800 acres on west Hayden Island into the city and rezone it for industrial use. The port may not be able to provide the site soon enough even if the grain terminal developer is serious about coming to Portland, Thomas says.
The port has discussed providing for two marine terminals at west Hayden Island on land the port owns. But the port also has protested the terms proposed for the annexation deal by the Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, saying they are too costly for a marine terminal project to pencil out.
The port estimates that a grain terminal could provide 110 jobs for every million tons of grain moved per year, including spinoff and indirect jobs. For comparison purposes, the Columbia Grain terminal at the Ports Terminal 5 shipped more than 4 million tons of grain last year, Thomas says.