Rail facility could be operational by 2020

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

NYSSA – The Treasure Valley Reload Center, designed to speed local produce more profitability to East Coast markets, would be up and running north of Nyssa by mid-2020 under an aggressive schedule shared last week with state officials.

The Malheur County Development Corp. disclosed more details about the rail shipping center as it asked the state for $1.3 million to keep the project moving. The corporation is a public company set up by Malheur County officials to oversee the industrial project.

The corporation said construction on the 70,000-square-foot loading plant could start in about a year.

“This schedule is very aggressive, and assumes the work begins in earnest in early January 2018 and can proceed aggressively,” the corporation said in its application to the Oregon Transportation Commission. The commission has authority to release $26 million set aside by the Oregon Legislature . . .