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Port of Columbia County sells land after construction company already poured concrete over it

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - The Port of Columbia County recently sold a small parcel of land to Semling Construction, after the company had already poured concrete over it.

The Port of Columbia County approved the sale of a small parcel of land near McNulty Creek earlier this month after Semling Construction "inadvertently poured concrete in portions of port property," port documents note. Mark Semling, believing the land was part of his property and had paved approximately 7,134 square feet. The land was sold for $2 per square foot, totaling $14,268. "Quite frankly, [the property] is totally undevelopable," said Paula Miranda, the port's business development manager. "A couple bucks a square foot for property that would be unusable for us and very usable for them [Semling] makes sense." Miranda and Board President Chris Iverson agreed the port should approach the city of St. Helens about using the surrounding property for the public. "There's no sense in having this in our inventory," Iverson said.


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