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Reload center stripped down but millions still needed to finish, officials report

Construction crews work on creating beds for rail tracks at the Treasure Valley Reload Center north of Nyssa on Tuesday, April 12. (LES ZAITZ/The Enterprise)

Greg Smith is giving up on building a “Cadillac” of a rail shipping center, stripping what he called “unnecessary expenditures” in a drive to get the Treasure Valley Reload Center finished.

Smith, Malheur County economic development director, said Tuesday that his focus is on cutting millions from planned costs on the reload center north of Nyssa while still seeking at least $3 million more in public money to finish the work.

But that money, now considered crucial to the project, may not be coming.

Meantime, the project’s lead engineer said he found ways to cut in half a “worst case” cost overrun of $9.8 million listed just . . .