Friends of Rocky Prairie
Located in South Thurston
County, 10 miles from Tumwater/Olympia
Proposed Logistics Center
- Fact Sheet
In cooperation with the Port of Olympia,
the Port of Tacoma purchased 745 acres formerly owned by Citifor, Inc. It
was the site of a munitions plant near Maytown between Scott Lake and
Tenino. The South Sound Logistics Center (SSLC) would encompass 300 acres
for warehousing, and remaining acres would include a distribution site for
trucks and trains to sort and transport cargo, with other industries and
manufacturing. An 18-month feasibility study began in July of 2006 and has
since been extended 6 months, but plans for the center are well underway.
and Light Pollution - The 745-acre facility, the size of a small
city, would operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, creating non-stop
noise, light and diesel particulate pollution in our neighborhoods.
Re-sale Value of Property and Surrounding Areas - Properties
bordering or nearby would be less desirable and re-sale values in our
neighborhoods would very likely decline.
Security - America’s ports are identified as the most vulnerable
“soft targets” for another terrorist attack. We will assume the risk of
un-inspected, undisclosed freight from numerous foreign countries,
transported, sorted or stored near our homes and in sensitive water and
Substances - The Port of Tacoma is a superfund cleanup site because
of its affiliated industries at the Port. This provides an example of
businesses that might relocate or open at the SSLC. Federal law
#49U.S.C.5112 strictly regulates truck transport of the 9 hazardous
material categories. Because no comparable regulations exist for
railroad transport, anything could end up at the SSLC.
Since huge warehousing sites yield low job potential, Tumwater has
crafted zoning code restrictions to limit proposed warehouse projects
there. Also, it’s likely the Port of Tacoma will relocate or hire
workers from their job pool first. Will profits from overseas’
commodities benefit our local economy?
Environmental Degradation - The site contains native outwash
prairie, rare oak woodlands and wetlands, which support at least six
endangered species. Fish and Wildlife attempted to purchase the entire
Well & Water
Effects - County data describes this site as a “sensitive surface
and groundwater area” and it is the headwaters for two salmon-bearing
Congestion - This is a TRUCK and RAIL transfer station. Surveys done
in 2002 for a similar facility to be located on this site show 4,166
vehicles per day, which don’t reflect current 2007 levels. The SSLC will
create heavy truck traffic in Maytown, on Tilley Rd and surrounding
areas. This facility is not to be located more than ½ mile from
Interstates per current zoning ordinances; the proposed site is 2.5
Mining - The Port of Tacoma is currently pursuing several
gravel-mining permits for this site.
Millersylvania State Park - The Park is expanding south with a new
access road off Maytown Road.
What you can do:
- We are the Friends of Rocky Prairie, a group of regional homeowners
and concerned residents. Join our email list FORPrairie@hotmail.com, or
write us. We will keep you updated and alert you to any community
meetings or events about the SSLC.
website www.FriendsOfRockyPrairie.com for detailed information, and
addresses of officials*.
- Contribute skills, or help with phone calls, emails, flyer
distribution, outreach or organizing.
Letters to editors. Write (best), call or email your representatives,
commissioners & the Ports*.
establish a Friends of Rocky Prairie legal defense fund or donate to
Zoning and Port Commission Meetings with us.