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Commercial construction in Auburn on the uptick

Construction continues at a brisk pace at the new Auburn High School on East Main Street. According to officials, the school is on schedule to open in the fall. - Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter
Construction continues at a brisk pace at the new Auburn High School on East Main Street. According to officials, the school is on schedule to open in the fall.
— image credit: Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter

Yes, there is that visible and much-discussed activity whipping up excitement on the old Cavanaugh block in downtown Auburn, site of the future Trek Apartments.

But Trek is not all that's buzzing on Auburn's commercial construction front right now.

This spring Green River Community College expects to be going full-tilt boogie on its new 56,000-square-foot Student Life building. When the center opens in the fall quarter of 2015, it'll have a new bookstore, a cafeteria, a fitness and wellness center, a coffee house, a dining area, conference services, meeting and study areas and lots of space for clubs and student activities. The Lindbloom Student Center is to be razed.

Senior Planner Jeff Tate said this week that City has also issued a set of permits for the construction of an Indian Victory motorcycle dealer next door to Hinshaw Honda dealer on West Valley Highway. Groundbreaking on that project had been anticipated to start this week.

Another O'Reilly Auto Parts store, this one next to the Elephant Car Wash on A Street Southeast, is in the planning stages as well.

"Those are exciting things to see. There's just more activity on the commercial side of development," Tate said.

Last year, Tate noted, Auburn was a busy place for commercial construction, witnessing the completion of the remodeled SuperMall and its name change to The Outlet Collection |Seattle. Also, Hospital Central Services Association's opened its new $26 million laundry plant.

Last June, Orion Industries began work on its 100,000-square-foot building at 1590 A St. NE, 6.5 acres west of the Auburn Municipal Airport, north of the Metro Park & Ride. Since 1957, Federal Way-based Orion has trained people struggling with barriers to employment and helped them land good jobs in the community. Construction should be finished early this spring.

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