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    The Port of Walla Walla has initiated the development of a new public water system to serve the Burbank area.
   Congress has approved a $750,000 grant to help fund the project. Additional dollars will come from the Port District’s capital budget and pending public works grants and loans from Washington State agencies.
   Port District President Ken Jantz said first work on the system, the drilling of
a primary well, is already underway. Construction of the pumping and distribution system is expected to be completed in 2006.
   In addition to providing water for the Port’s light industrial park at Burbank, the system is designed to interconnect with neighboring community districts that are now struggling to provide water that meets minimum Washington State Department of Health standards.
   Port officials said that its public water system will provide “wholesale” potable water to existing water districts for distribution to their customers. The Port emphasized that it is not planning to take over any existing water system.
   Development of the industrial site, according to the Port, will diversify the tax base in Burbank and provide an opportunity for the creation of new family-wage jobs.

Melrose Park readied for future development in Walla Walla

Port of Walla Walla officials have unveiled a planned light industrial park in Walla Walla’s revitalized Eastgate area. The master plan for the 33-acre site includes eight parcels from two to 10 acres in size. Located on Melrose Street, the park has rail access, is adjacent to State Highway 12 and near the Walla Walla Regional Airport. Officials say the lots can be reconfigured and are available for sale or lease to job-creating businesses.

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