Port of Tacoma, tribe in box terminal agreement

Port of Tacoma, tribe in box terminal agreement

The Port of Tacoma Commission and the Puyallup Tribe Council have signed an economic development agreement that will include expansion of container facilities at the Washington state port.

Under the terms of the agreement, the port and the Puyallup will work together to develop and market properties for maritime use on the East Blair Waterway, including land where the tribe's Emerald Queen Casino now operates. The casino operations will be moved out of the port industrial area to a more suitable location.

The agreement also calls for the Puyallup to support the vacation of a portion of Alexander Avenue, required for the port to complete construction of phase one of the new 171-acre Evergreen Terminal.

Potential future development of a container terminal on the East Blair Waterway will include property currently in use for the casino, as well as 96 acres purchased by the port from Kaiser Aluminum in 2003.

"We are conservatively projecting that trans-Pacific container volume will grow at an annual rate of 5.1 percent through 2012," said Andrea Riniker, the port's executive director. "We have little doubt about the industry's future need for a new mega-terminal on the East Blair Waterway."