The Port of Tacoma Commission Thursday gave its formal approval to a 25-year lease that will repurpose the former site of a World War II-vintage aluminum smelter as a petroleum products tank farm.
The project by Targa Sound Terminal LLC is expected to create about 100 temporary construction jobs and 50 permanent positions.
The terminal, to be built on 80 acres between the Blair and Hylebos waterways northwest of Highway 509, is expected to open for business in May next year. The terminal site was once occupied by a Kaiser Aluminum smelter. The port bought the smelter in 2003, demolished …