Purpose of the Project
Creating a master redevelopment plan for Steigerwald Commerce Center will seek to maximize the economic potential of the Port of Camas/Washougal's assets 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: "The Port of Camas-Washougal's mission is to provide economic and recreational benefits to the Camas/Washougal area while increasing the quality of life throughout the region."
This 120+ acres of land known as Steigerwald Commerce Center is the largest contiguous area of undeveloped industrial property in Clark County today.
Steigerwald Commerce Center Development Standards
In January 2013, the Development Standards for Steigerwald Commerce Center were approved by both the City of Washougal and the Port. Download the Standards here:
These Development Standards are intended to govern new development and redevelopment within the Steigerwald Commerce Center. Application of these Standards will attract new industry and jobs to the Industrial Park and ensure that development within the Park respects the natural environment.
Once the Standards were in place, the Port moved forward with a development plan for “Phase I” -- the northwest corner of Steigerwald Commerce Center. [Note: Phase I has no wetland impacts.] In April 2014, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the first structure in Phase 1: Bldg. 15 now leased by long-time tenant Foods In Season.
The Port continues to work with environmental consultant Ecological Land Services and the engineering firm MacKay Sposito on wetland delineation and strategic planning, as well as a long-term conceptual vision of the entire Commerce Center site.
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 determine the impact on future development of Steigerwald Commerce Center and to develop a corrective course of action. This process is ongoing.
Although the Corps is still working on corrective action, 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. The Port subsequently began preliminary engineering for Phase I.
In May 2012, the Port contracted with MacKay & Sposito for Phase 1 civil engineering; and with Ecological Land Services for environmental services; and with Columbia West Engineering for geotechnical services.
MacKay & Sposito and the Port have put together a Draft Site Plan to show the flexibility of lot sizes (how they can be laid out on the site), 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. Download the map here:Draft Site Plan
In April 2012, the Port received $1.5 million in grant monies for Phase 1 of the Steigerwald Commerce Center development. This resulted from an invitation early in 2012 to submit a future infrastructure project to be considered for a State funded grant under the Capital Budget's “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. This first phase, expected to take 60 days, will include 2,500 linear feet of street and 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.
Groundbreaking On August 16, 2012, local, county and state dignitaries participated in a Groundbreaking Ceremony on the site of Phase 1 of Steigerwald Commerce Center.
Ribbon Cutting Construction of Bldg. 15 commenced in 2013 and, on April 25, 2014, the Port held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to welcome state and local dignitaries to the opening of the first building in Steigerwald Commerce Center's Phase 1. Foods In Season, a Port tenant since 2005, leases Bldg. 15 for their highly successful specialty foods operation.