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Small road, big payoff

Spur important to county’s stalled business park
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 13, 2017 7:32AM

A new road may help spur development at the North Coast Business Park.

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A new road may help spur development at the North Coast Business Park.

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Clatsop County plans to build a new road that will connect two larger streets at the future site of the North Coast Business Park.

The 650-foot-long, three-lane road is part of the master plan for the Warrenton development. It will connect north to south from S.E. Ensign Lane to S.E. 19th Street. The south end of the road will be situated between the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office and the Animal Shelter.

Adjacent to the site of a 10-acre property owned by Fort George Brewery, the road is a necessary piece of the development plan, Clatsop County Public Works Director Michael Summers said. In 2015, the 162-acre lot across from Costco was designated a regionally significant industrial area and part of a new enterprise zone, but logistical issues have stalled development.

Plans for a future extension of the road north of Ensign Lane will run on another currently unoccupied plot of land.

“It will provide them the avenue to develop,” Summers said of Fort George’s proximity to the road. “It will also open up another parcel of land to the county to sell and develop it as well.”

County commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a $68,085 contract with KPFF Consulting Engineers to design the road. KPFF was the site civil engineer for the new Sheriff’s Office that opened last year and has worked on other projects in Warrenton.

The design process typically takes about nine weeks, and the county is hoping to have the road completed within the next year, Summers said. The next steps for the county include acquiring permits and opening bids for construction contractors. In total, the project will cost an estimated $1.2 million, more than $500,000 of which will come from a state grant. Previous additions to Ensign Lane as part of development in the area cost $2.9 million.

Though not yet official, S.E. Bugle Avenue is the name the county is calling the road. Summers said the name references a tool used to hunt elk, an animal commonly seen roaming the county.


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