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More on former Abitibi mill site in Steilacoom

Post by Brent Champaco on April 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm with 2 Comments »
April 5, 2010 5:09 pm

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Some of you might have caught my story about the former Abitibi-Consolidated mill site in Steilacoom that ran in today’s print paper.

I was able to speak with Vanessa Herzog today. She is senior vice president and partner at GVA Kidder Mathews in Tacoma and the one who worked with Abitibi-Consolidated leading up to January’s sale. She is now working with the new owner, Chambers Creek LLC. It purchased the land for $4.5 million.

Herzog confirmed what town and state officials told me last week- that Chambers Creek LLC wants to sell some of the land farther up the hill for multi- and single-family residential development.

As for the mill site and its aging buildings closer to the creek and train tracks, she said they are slated for demolition, and the company hopes to rezone the site for something else.

Although the town might have wanted to preserve the site for industrial use, Herzog says it was unlikely.

“It was never a viable industrial site,” she said. “It’s too far from I-5.”

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  1. In the days before I5, one loaded the massive rolls of newpaper print onto a rail car and it was taken to its destination on the next local or fast freight and delivered right to the loading dock of the newspaper. Rather effeicient and quite viable. Distance from I5 did not kill this industry the computer did.

  2. DrWernerKlopek says:

    “It was never a viable industrial site,” she said. “It’s too far from I-5.”

    A simple comment from a simple minded individual. How did we cross the country without cars or planes in the 1800’s? Rail, wagon, or walk. Or go around by boat.

    Do we really we more luxury homes in this down economy?

    The old industrial complex should be reused or developed by the Steilacoom Tribe as a casino/hotel, ideally to be complete by the time 2015 rolls around. Culture, heritage, and a nice place for out of towners to stay while seeing a golf tournament.

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