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Decades’ old Centralia development project complete

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 6:34 am

The phrase, “promises made, promises kept,” applies to more than a three-year old presidential campaign.
In Centralia it also refers to 660 feet of fresh concrete street, curb and gutter going in on the south end of Columbia Street in Centralia’s south west quarter.

“I think it is awesome to see the conclusion of a project we started 15 years ago,” Boyd Harris, local developer, auctioneer and land appraiser said of the completion of Columbia Street. That he said, marks the official completion of Southwest Country Estates, a 120-unit residential development in southwest Centralia.

The final yards of concrete that will make up Columbia Street are going in

Besides the culmination of a long-running real-estate project, Harris also said the completion of the street signaled the enhancement of that entry, the intersection of Columbia and Gano Chance Streets, to Centralia, along with one other important thing.

“Besides replacing a stretch of nasty gravel road with a modern concrete road, the completion of this project is the culmination of an agreement, a partnership with the city to make something better and make a nice development.”

He said credit also goes to Ron Stuart of Creative Building and Design and Jeremy Sapp of Sapp Excavating.

Chris Cox, Centralia mayor, visited the road-building site the morning of July 2.

“This is great,” he said as concrete worker Mike Smith adjusted a machine that formed curb and gutter.

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.