Purpose of the Project
The master redevelopment plan for Steigerwald Commerce Center will maximize the economic potential of this Port of Camas-Washougal asset and provide predictability during future phases of development, while maintaining flexibility needed to meet the demands of a dynamic market.
This directly ties to the Port's Mission Statement: "It is the mission of the Port of Camas-Washougal to make strategic investments and develop effective partnerships that enhance the community's quality of life by bringing jobs, infrastructure, and recreational opportunities to East Clark County."
Phase 1 Milestones
Groundbreaking: On August 16, 2012, local, county and state dignitaries participated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Phase 1 of Steigerwald Commerce Center.
Lot 2: Construction of Bldg. 15 on Lot 2 commenced in 2013 and continued into 2014.
Ribbon Cutting: On April 25, 2014, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for Bldg. 15, fully leased by Foods In Season to accommodate expansion of their specialty foods operation.
Lot 3: A contract to engineer and design the second spec building was awarded in August 2014 and the Port is working with a prospective tenant.
Steigerwald Commerce Center Development Standards
In January 2013, the City of Washougal and the Port approved the Steigerwald Commerce Center Development Standards
Application of these Development Standards are intended to attract new industry and jobs, govern new development and redevelopment within the Steigerwald Commerce Center, and ensure that such development respects the natural environment.
Engineering firm MacKay Sposito and the Port have developed a Draft Site Plan to show the flexibility of lot sizes, as well as the phasing of the street layout. The Port’s goal is to market a range of smaller, mid-size and larger lots to offer something that’s not available elsewhere in Clark County.
Since 2010, the Port has actively worked with the Army Corps of Engineers on concerns regarding stormwater runoff that may impact future development of Steigerwald Commerce Center.
In March 2010, groundwater monitoring was initiated to determine the exact location of wetlands over the entire site. During this process, the Port learned that the diversion structure located at Gibbons Creek has failed to accomplish the intended goal of conveying excess stormwater runoff to Steigerwald Lake for storage and eventual disbursement via infiltration and/or via the Gibbons Creek Remnant Channel.
Instead, the excess runoff is being conveyed to the Port’s flood control pump station where it is pumped to the Columbia River. (The diversion structure was designed and installed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1990’s.) Over the course of many months, the Port has worked with the Corps to develop a corrective course of action. This process is ongoing.
The Corps is working on corrective action; however, it has concluded that the excess runoff being diverted through the Port’s pump station does not negatively impact the ability of the pump station to handle additional runoff from future development.
Following this determination, the Port began preliminary engineering for Phase I.
In May 2012, the Port contracted with MacKay Sposito for Phase 1 civil engineering; with Ecological Land Services for environmental services; and with Columbia West Engineering for geotechnical services.
In April 2012, the Port received $1.5 million in grant monies for Phase 1 of the Steigerwald Commerce Center development, funded by the State under the “Jobs Bond Package.”
In May 2012, the Port was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Community Economic Recovery Board for Steigerwald Commerce Center's Phase 1 development, to include 2,500 linear feet of street and to make available 30 to 40 acres of "pad-ready" property.
In July 2013, the Port received $499,000 from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) to fund the first building in Phase 1 of the Commerce Center.