Work begins on La Center sewer line

first_imgLA CENTER — A project that should lay the groundwork for new business in La Center is underway.Tapani Inc. broke ground July 17 on a project to install a new pump station and sewer line east of Interstate 5, at the western end of the city. When completed, the pipeline will link the city’s wastewater treatment plant to the I-5 La Center junction.The availability of sewer services should trigger commercial development closer to the freeway and to the stream of traffic en route to the 3-month-old Ilani Casino Resort, said land-use consultant Eric Eisemann.“Before the casino was a reality, the city was looking for a way to open up the junction for development, but they didn’t have a sewer line there,” he said. “Developments will probably be more attracted to the area due to our neighbor to the west.”Some businesses have already talked to city representatives, but nothing is set in stone.“Development is hard to predict, but there are definitely some people hoping to build as soon as we get done with the sewer line,” Eisemann said.The new infrastructure is the result of a $5 million grant from the Cowlitz Tribe, as part of an intergovernmental agreement dating to February 2016. The tribe originally planned to link Iliani’s wastewater system to La Center’s treatment facility, but that was ultimately found to violate land-use planning policies.last_img read more