The Baker City Council agreed Tuesday to sell 14.28 acres in the Elkhorn View Industrial Park to Simplot AB Retail Inc., which plans to build a fertilizer storage and distribution plant on the site.
The company will not be producing fertilizer on the property, said Paul Simpson, an operations manager for Simplot.
Simplot, based in Boise, will pay $235,620 for the property in the northeast corner of the Industrial Park, which is west of 17th Street and south of Pocahontas Road.
The price of $16,500 per acre is the same as what the city received for 2.2 acres it sold earlier this year in another section of the 64-acre Industrial Park, which the city owns.
Current businesses in the area include Behlen Manufacturing, Cutters Edge Saws and Powder River Precision.
Simplot owns a fertilizer distribution plant near the railroad tracks north of Broadway Street.
Simpson said the company can “hardly handle the volumes we have.”
“Our company is making a commitment to be in this community and moving forward to building and owning a piece of property and operating it long term,” Simpson said.
Councilor Lynette Perry raised concerns about the new plant emitting odors. Simpson said the site won’t produce smells or smoke.
“We want to be here, we want to be a good neighbor, and a good steward of this community,” Simpson said.
He said workers at the Baker City facility will mix nutrients with fertilizer based on customers’ needs.
According to a staff report to the City Council, Simplot will retain its current local workforce and add one or two jobs at the new site in the Industrial Park.
City Manager Fred Warner Jr. told councilors Tuesday that the facility will employ six full-time workers and four part-time.