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The Portside Business Center in Fife has been more than five years in the making and is now breaking ground for what will be a planned commercial and warehouse hub along 20th Avenue in Fife. Plans for the commercial development started back in 2008, when the city entered a development agreement with C. Lee Brooke, LLC and James W. Abbott, LLC to develop a 29-acre site of open land on the south side of 20th Street East, between 63rd Avenue East and 70th Avenue East.

Then the great recession hit. The economic slump mothballed those plans, prompting a handful of revisions to construction timelines until the market improved. The land is designated both “Mixed Commercial/High Density Residential” and “Industrial.” The proposal calls for a collection of office and business buildings.

The market improved enough to move forward with construction of six new buildings that will range from just less than 50,000 square feet to more than 250,000 square feet for a total of about 450,000 square feet of commercial space.

As part of the agreement, all construction work will be done in consultation with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to have an artifact discovery plan in place during construction to preserve any artifacts found during the work. 

The site fronts 20th Street East and is located close to a connection to Interstate 5 and port operations on the Tideflats.