A 43-acre business park between Beech Street, 14th Avenue and California Way in Longview has been completed, and the first business to join is a Vancouver-based gym.
The Longview Business Park was developed by local broker Jordan Willis and the Sari family, the latter owning the land and previously owning Columbia Ford and Hyundai dealerships before selling the business to Bud Clary Auto Group in 2021.
A 0.8 acre lot sold at the corner of California Way and the newly built section of Alaska Street Park next to Papé Machinery Agriculture & Turf. Northpointe Gymnastics, which opened in Vancouver around 2018, is building a second location on the site to serve the “significant” number of Longview families who make the 45-minute drive south to class, said Chris Hull , chief marketing officer of Northpoint.
The area along Interstate-5 from Vancouver to almost Olympia has few gym studios, he added. Hull said construction is expected to begin in the fall and the facility could be open by winter or spring 2023.
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Three lots in Longview Business Park have pending sales and the developers did not share expected buyers. The park includes hookups for water, sewer, electric cable and gas. There are no buildings on the site, as buyers will construct their own.
Longview engineer Sam Barham said the city estimates the multimillion-dollar park could create 118 to 133 jobs, and the goal is to nurture companies that will, Pat Sari said.
“We want to see jobs,” Sari said. “We don’t want to put storage units here.”
The park is zoned commercial – which can include businesses such as retail stores, offices and healthcare providers – and light industrial – which can include veterinary offices, health clubs and heavy equipment sales . The park is made up of 14 lots, and available lots range from 1.7 acres for $536,877 to 7.5 acres for around $2.2 million.
The developers built two roads: the 2,000-foot dead-end section of Alaska Street, accessible by California Way, and a 530-foot road off Beech Street, which might be named 11th or 12th Avenue. Sari said the development of the streets alone cost more than $4 million.
The streets include lights, bike lanes and sidewalks, and Barham said they will be turned over to the city as part of a formal dedication in the coming weeks for the city to maintain. He said the streets will open to the public after the inauguration as they are currently barricaded.
The new section of Alaska Street ends in a dead end without reaching the already constructed section of Alaska Street. Barham said with developers selling lots, the road may need to be built to accommodate increased traffic.
The 14th Avenue gravel road connects the old part of Alaska Street and the new Alaska Street section of the business park. Barham said the Longview Public Works Department has applied for funding to pave 14th Avenue, but he doesn’t know the current status.
Earlier, Sari said the Beech Street development kicked off construction of the park. Construction of Beech Street began in June 2020 and used state, federal and private funds from local landowners, Barham said.
Neighboring landowners asked the city to build Beech Street under a government option called a local improvement district around 2018. Barham said multiple companies were involved in building the road, not just landlords. Longview Business Park.
Barham said business park buyers might need to carry out traffic studies before construction depending on how much traffic the proposed business might bring at peak times.
Sari said the park also provides tax benefits to those who purchase land, as it is located within the federal designation known as the Opportunity Zone, which is intended to provide tax incentives to commercial investors in poorly populated communities. served.