Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, June 20, 2008

"Kopf seeks project in P/M corridor"

The Pullman-Moscow corridor continues to hum with activity.

From yesterday's Whitman County Gazette:
Williams Place, LLC., was issued a mitigated determination of non-significance (M-DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act checklist June 3 by Whitman County’s planning department to split a 20-acre site into four subdivisions in the Pullman-Moscow Corridor.

The subdivision must now acquire a conditional use permit from the county’s Board of Adjustment.

Gary Kopf, chief executive of Williams Place, said his company is clearing the way for potential businesses to set up on the land. The lots will be on the west of the Garage Mahal storage units.

Listed in the company’s application for approval are several types of businesses that would be allowed as permitted uses.

Kopf foresees mostly construction-related companies, such as contractors’ warehouses and storage yards, occupying the space.

The lots will be up for sale, he added, when and if the company is granted the conditional use permit.

Kopf is also asking the county to approve a re-zoning of 20 acres of land further west in the corridor for expansion of an industrial land fill site.

Twenty acres is already being used to store inert material, such as sand, rock and asphalt, from construction projects in the region.

The expansion would be just south of the existing landfill.

Kopf opened up the existing landfill to hold debris from the state’s project to widen State Route 270 from Pullman to Moscow.

He added the landfill is now accepting inert waste from private construction projects in the area.

Atlas Sand and Gravel is occasionally crushing rock at the landfill that can be purchased by locals in need of gravel, fill, etc.

The county planning commission will hold a public hearing on the landfill proposal next Wednesday, June 25.

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