The Benaroya Industrial Park located off North Military Road is a county project from this point on. Lewis County Commissioners along with the Lewis County Economic Development met with Lisa Goodman from Benaroya to discuss the plans of Mickelsen Parkway and the Beneroya development as a whole.
Mickelsen Parkway is going to be built by the county with funds from the county, Benaroya and Washington State legislature. The county 09 funds were also used for the waterline which was granted under former Mayor Lonnie Dowell.
Lewis County Commissioners on Monday approved the transfer of $1.125 from the Lewis County 09 funds, otherwise known as the distressed county funds for Mickelsen Parkway. The funds had originally been granted to Winlock but now the county will be building and maintaining the road. This will include a turn lane off of Hwy 505 to the Parkway.
Lisa Goodman with Benaroya Company stated, "We are pleased with Lewis County Commissioners approval of the 09 grant funding for Mickelsen Parkway. We are confident this will bring both near and long-term positive economic impact to Winlock and Lewis County."
The 09 funds will be in place along with $750,000 from the state legislature and $1.2 million from the Benaroya Company. This will all go towards the $3 million it will cost to build the parkway.
Lewis County Commissioner Edna Fund stated, "I am pleased to be working with Lisa Goodman from Benaroya who took time out of her busy schedule to come to the county commissioners meeting. I appreciate her positive comments regarding the working relationship with the county and it's wonderful to be on the same page as the Lewis County Economic Development Council."
Lewis County Public Works will be responsible for building the road, they do not have a date as to when the project will begin as they have to finalize permits and designs. Lisa Goodman was also there to show the county their plans for their entire development. Since this is now a county project, the county will be taking the lead.
The current tax split between Winlock and the County is a 40/60 split, with the county receiving the majority. The industrial park is set to bring approximately three to four jobs per acre in their 320 acre development.