Three acres of the 33-acre Gateway Business Park, formerly Blaine’s municipal airport, will most likely have a new owner within the next few months.
During a meeting on Monday, October 4, Blaine city council approved a purchase offer with Mercer Distribution Services to buy the land on Boblett Street just east of Yorky’s gas station.
Mercer Distribution, a Fife-based company that provides importing, exporting and warehousing services, offered $669,375 for the property.
Mercer will take the next few months to determine what needs to be done to establish a business on the property, city manager Gary Tomsic said. Mercer can still back out until the company officially purchases the land, though Tomsic said he thinks Mercer walking away is unlikely. The city had no other offers.
Mercer plans to build a distribution center as well as a customs examination facility for trucks going across the border, Tomsic said. Much of Mercer’s business involves cross-border transport, so locating in Blaine makes sense, he said. “It’s kind of our niche,” Tomsic said. “This is who we are and what we’re going to attract.”
The facility will initially employ four to six people but could eventually hire as many as 30, though that may be much farther down the road, Tomsic said.
The company seems to be anxious to start construction work and already has plans under design for the building, he noted.
While any business coming to Blaine is good, Tomsic said he is especially glad to see interest in the airport property because of how long it has sat undeveloped. He said he hopes Mercer’s presence will attract other businesses to the property.