The Cascade Mill Project features the 225 acres of the former Boise-Cascade mill property for redevelopment of mixed use, commercial and light industrial purposes. The site includes property on both sides of Interstate 82, extending to the Yakima River and taking in the Greenway trail, other recreation opportunities and habitat riparian corridors.
A new street corridor is planned to connect Terrace Heights to Yakima. This new road and river crossing is important to relieve traffic congestion on Terrace Heights Drive, East Yakima Avenue and the I-82 & Yakima Avenue Interchange. Eventually, the street will continue to Fruitvale Boulevard.
Potential improved access from I-82 to the Cascade Mill site is under current coordination and review by WSDOT and FHWA. The City of Yakima and Yakima County are partners in effort to find acceptable modifications to the existing interchange system that would improve access to the Cascade Mill property from the freeway.
Access to the project site will be greatly enhanced by a planned North-South street that would connect to Fair Avenue near 10th Street and intersect the East-West Corridor at “H” Street. The new street will be developed as a boulevard, with landscaping, sidewalks, street lighting and limited access. The street will also provide a utility corridor into the area.
The project site contains numerous mill buildings, concrete pads, and assorted mill-related improvements that need to be removed, along with wood waste, environmental waste and remnants of a former municipal landfill. Geotechnical research and remediation plans are under development to determine the most effective and efficient methods to address site cleanup.