“Friends of Rocky Prairie is a group of concerned homeowners and residents in the Maytown/Tenino area, 13 miles south of Olympia WA. We are closely monitoring a 745-acre parcel that was purchased by the Port of Tacoma for $20 million in the summer of 2006. Through an interlocal agreement with the Port of Olympia, the Ports intend to develop the South Sound Logistics Center for cargo warehousing, truck and rail distribution with related industries and other manufacturing. They have submitted an application with DNR to complete the reclamation portion of quarrying permit process that began with the former owner, Citifor Inc.
A large contingent of local residents questions the appropriateness of developing this location for a heavily industrialized facility, in what is no longer sprawling rural land. This area of Thurston County is clearly a rapidly growing residential area, where the numbers of five-acre parcel developments have soared. There are 100’s of homeowners in the immediate vicinity and others in the surrounding areas, whose property values and or, quality of life would be affected by the South Sound Logistics Center (SSLC).
When considering the impacts to our sensitive environmental area, growing neighborhoods, and surrounding communities, it is clear that the proposed SSLC location is a poorly chosen site. Furthermore, Millersylvania State Park, an 840-acre recreational jewel, sits just mile from the Port of Tacoma property. Probable round the clock light, truck and rail noise, could reduce the park’s appeal while scarring the rural character of the region. Though the facility may serve to efficiently transport ship to rail cargo and reduce truck traffic and emissions on I-5, will the advantages of the SSLC out-way the community and environmental impacts?” quoting Friends of Rocky Prairie.
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The next Friends of Tenino Gathering is Sunday, May 20th at 1:00pm at the Quarry house. Bring Potluck items, something to drink and your ideas or updates about local projects. Check our website www.friendsoftenino.org or The Friends of Tenino column in the Tenino Independent first Wednesday of every month.
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