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Port Projects

Berth 4 Redevelopment

Built in 1927, the Port’s Berth 4 was home to the bustling Continental Grain Terminal for 60 years until the late 1980s, when the facility was shut down. For the next decade, the dock was used as a lay berth to park ships waiting to unload. When it became evident the 87-year-old dock had reached the end of its useful life, the Port began a multi-phase project to redevelop the site.

Phase One began with the removal of the old timber decking in March 2014, followed by the removal of over 1,000 creosote-treated  pilings in 2015. In 2016, the Port finished construction of seven new dolphins in its place that are used to tie up vessels while they're waiting to be loaded or unloaded.   

Phase Two of the project will commence in 2017, which includes a full site hazard assessment and estimate for upland demolition of the silos and adjacent facilities. 

Barlow Point

With an eye on future growth, the Port purchased the 280-acre Barlow Point property four miles west of the Port of Longview’s main facility in 2010. It’s extremely rare to find such a large, undeveloped piece of land on deep-water shipping channel, and our goal is to put the property to its highest and best use to create revenue, jobs and tax dollars.

In summer 2014, Port Commissioners selected KPFF Consulting from three firms to create a master plan for Barlow Point. The plan – a blueprint for future growth – will outline the next steps to develop the property and determine what infrastructure is needed and how much it will cost.

The KPFF evaluation is a multi-year process which began with a Phase 1 feasibility that included preliminary analysis related to development of Barlow Point property as a marine terminal, conceptual plan development, due diligence investigations and a market analysis.

Phase 2 scope of work (currently underway) builds on the previous information and includes preliminary river current assessment, levee infrastructure assessment, survey work, easement investigation and document support, agency coordination and development for request for interest (RFI). 

Willow Grove Park

In late 2013, Cowlitz County commissioners offered Willow Grove Park to the Port of Longview. On Oct. 28, 2014, Port Commissioners unanimously voted to take over the 75-acre park on the Columbia River. 

Significant upgrades to the Park are currently underway, with more planned in the coming months. Acquiring Willow Grove Park fulfills the Port’s mission to enhance opportunities for waterfront access.

This is the first time in the Port’s 95-year history that it has operated a park. The state authorizes ports to provide public recreation opportunities, and currently, half of the 75 port districts in Washington do so.

The Port recently named a Parks Advisory Board, consisting of representatives from each of the three Port districts, as well as one Willow Grove resident and one youth representative. The five-person Parks Advisory Board is tasked with making recommendations on park policies, comprehensive planning, large event applications and any incidents that may arise.

The 2017 budget includes $100,000 for capital improvements at the park, along with an additional $220,000 for general maintenance. 

An electronic payment kiosk was recently added to collect Day-Use permits only. Annual passes will continue to be sold exclusively at the Port's administrative office.