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Longview grain facility plan advances

Longview grain facility plan advances

The Port of Longview's board of commissioners approved a settlement agreement and option Wednesday to buy real estate with RSG Forest Products.

   The agreement grants the port an option to acquire the remaining property needed to build a proposed export grain facility. The RSG property will be used to construct a rail line to the facility.

   In December, the port commission voted to exercise its right of eminent domain to acquire the roughly six-acre RSG parcel, all the while urging the port and RSG to continue negotiations and reach a settlement out of court. This agreement sets aside those condemnation proceedings.

   The port said the prospective grain terminal would be the first export grain elevator built in the country in more than 20 years.