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Development Plans for Boise Cascade Mill Site

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Boise Cascade Mill produced paper for years and now, the site is temporarily chipping logs. In a few months, this site will be demolished and transformed into a new development.

"This is a positive change," said Verlynn Best, the General Manager for Fairfield Inn and Suites. 

Developers are working on drafting the details of their master plan but they say they want to include retail space, housing developments, and a new aquatic center.

"This is a good thing for the neighborhood the only trouble is the traffic," said Robert Nowlin, a neighbor.

The site is over 200 acres and borders I-82 on the east side of Yakima.

"When you're going down 1-90 or 82, we're going to have this beautiful curb appeal, there's going to be things to offer and venues that will attract more and more people," said Best.

And there's also going to be more economic opportunities.

"Should pull in a lot of jobs, maybe people will be able to work there," said Nowlin.

The new site would provide almost 4,000 new jobs and generate $68,000,000 in local sales revenues. Permits to begin construction are currently pending.

Developers from Cascade Mill plan to begin demolition by the end of the year.