By Pat Caldwell
NYSSA – A site just outside Nyssa has been selected as the location for a major rail shipping center that is expected to transform the economy of Malheur County, a county official confirmed Monday.
Greg Smith, the county economic development director, said Monday that Malheur County Development Corp., a public corporation established by the Malheur County Court, picked property along Arcadia Boulevard and adjacent to Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Smith said negotiations are underway with owners of three parcels to buy land that would become the rail shipping center and a new industrial park.
County assessor records show the biggest parcel – 290 acres – is owned by Charles, James and Margaret Farmer of Nyssa. James Farmer, of Fort Boise Produce, was appointed to the development corporation board by Gov. Kate Brown and has recused himself from decisions on the acquisition.
A 79-acre lot south . . .