port's 'bridgeview terminal' moves into project vetting phase
Last year, the Port of Longview announced a major opportunity for available industrial waterfront property on the Columbia River of the United States West Coast. As the first port on the deep-draft shipping channel with direct transportation connections to international markets, this is a significant opportunity to establish new cargo operations on the Columbia River.
Bridgeview Terminal, comprised of two cargo docks and upland areas, recently became available when a long-term lease with its former bulk cargo operator/ tenant expired in 2016. While the Port is primarily interested in responses to import or export bulk cargos, it is considering opportunities for other marine-dependent uses.
“Opportunities to establish new terminal operations or terminal redevelopment are minimal on the West Coast,” said Business Development Manager Laurie Nelson-Cooley. “Here at the Port of Longview, we have a facility ready to handle cargo with direct transportation connections and an experienced work force.”
The Port issued a formal Request for Expression of Interest last Summer to determine interest in the property, followed by a Request for Proposals in the Fall.
“Our intent is to maximize this terminal based on cargo throughput, job creation and return on investment to our customers and community partners,” said Nelson-Cooley.
The Bridgeview Terminal project has now moved into the project vetting phase, and determinations are to be announced by the first quarter of 2017.