New jobs created in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Twelve new full-time jobs and another 25 to 35 seasonal jobs are headed to Grandview.

That’s the result of a special meeting the Port of Grandview held last Friday to formally approve resolutions for two land sales.

The action followed an acceptance of the deals by port commissioners at previous meetings.

One sale is of three acres along Wallace Way to Oasis Farms. The Prosser-based operation is buying the acreage for $125,000 and intends to package blueberries. Port Commisisoner Jim Sewell says the plant’s operations here will bring about 25 to 35 seasonal packing jobs to Grandview.

The other sale greenlighted last Friday was 5.5 acres to Pallet Place LLC. The land, which sold for $203,000, is located on Wallace Way but behind existing businesses in the area. Sewell said a cul de sac will eventually be needed to route traffic to Pallet Place. He estimates the Spokane company will bring on about 12 full-time workers at the Grandview site.

In related news, port commissioners will hold an executive session tomorrow, Wednesday, to consider the possible purchase of land. The meeting will be held at noon at the port’s office at 1313 W. Wine Country Rd., Ste. 101.

Sewell says the port’s sale and purchase of lands for development go hand-in-hand.

“The whole Port of Grandview’s mission is to obtain, develop and sell properties to produce jobs,” he says. “When there’s an opportunity, we try to do that.”

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