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Nyssa rail center stopped in its tracks – no money for building

Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director, speaks on April 12 to the board of the Malheur County Development Corp. (ANGIE SILLONIS/Special to the Enterprise)

NYSSA ­– Construction of the centerpiece building for the long-planned Treasure Valley Reload Center was scuttled this week because there isn’t money to pay for it.

Project leaders on Tuesday said it would take nearly all the $26 million budgeted for the project to finish everything but the building. That will leave Malheur County with rail spurs to nowhere and no firm plan on how to finish a project in the works for more than five years.

“We don’t have the cash to build the building,” said Greg Smith, Malheur County economic development director and project leader. “Until we do, the building will have to be put on hold.”

Smith made the announcement at a meeting Tuesday, June . . .