Seattle-based O’Keefe Development has broken ground on its 1.1 million ft² grocery distribution project at 4002 Galvin Road in the Port of Centralia’s Park I.
The $100m development is expected to create 350 new jobs for the community.
In a release, Port of Centralia Commission president Julie Shaffley said: “The Port Commission would like to congratulate O’Keefe Development on moving forward with this project.
“In addition to the hundreds of well-paying jobs that it will create, it will also make significant contributions to our schools, roads and essential public services.”
O’Keefe Development acquired the 77-acre site from Benaroya Capital Company.
Earlier, O’Keefe Development had constructed several projects, including RiverPoint Corporate Center in Tukwila and Normandy Park Town Center in Normandy Park.
The Port of Centralia comprises two industrial parks, Park I and Park II, and one mixed-use development called Centralia Station.
Centralia Station, which will be located off the new Mellen Street interchange, is expected to create jobs and promote economic development in Centralia.
The project will create 600 local jobs during construction and, after completion, businesses are expected to create more than 500 permanent jobs.
Centralia Station businesses are expected to generate more than $118m in annual sales.
The master-planned mixed-used development will include large businesses such as major retailers, community college facilities in partnership with Centralia College, retail space, office space, medical facilities, restaurants, sports fields and public recreational space.
Port of Centralia’s Parks I and II adhere to the Port of Centralia’s master plan and are located less than two miles from Interstate 5. They are connected by rail service through Union Pacific/Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
The port offers industrial sites ranging from one to 100 acres with a wide variety of options, including land lease, build-to-suit, and outright sales.
O’Keefe Development acquires, develops and manages office buildings, industrial buildings, retail shopping centres and multi-family projects.