Port of Tacoma may take 140 acres of private property: KNDO/KNDU, Yakima WA, 5/30/07

Associated Press

The Port of Tacoma has decided to use its power of eminent domain to force the sale of 140 acres of privately owned property on the Tideflats.

The port wants the land to develop marine cargo terminals.

The commission says it will continue to negotiate with owners but would condemn the property if needed.

Yesterday's decision affects 22 property owners with businesses that have about 680 jobs.

Some of the affected businesses had representatives at yesterday's meeting and 1 of them said the decision is already hurting business. Gary Kehler of Graymont Limited says employees are worried about how long their jobs will last. The company brings in limestone by barge and sends processed products out by rail and truck.

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