• 600 'family-wage' jobs promised in groundbreaking in Burien, near Sea-Tac Airport

    By: John Knicely


    The growth of Sea-Tac Airport continued its spill over into surrounding cities with Tuesday’s groundbreaking of an industrial site in Burien, which promises 600 to 800 good-paying jobs.
    KIRO 7 learned with all the expansion one concern is filling the jobs being created.

    Pannatoni Development is leasing 26.2 acres from the Port of Seattle to build two Class “A” industrial warehouses, totaling 458,000 square feet.
    The project, called The Seattle Gateway Center is just north of the airport off 140th Street near a new cold storage facility set to open soon.

    “As the airport expands we're going to have to rely more and more on off-airport operations in terms of cargo operations,” said Port Commissioner John Creighton, who expects jobs in this new project to pay up to six figures.
    “Most are really good paying jobs, which is important as our region becomes less and less affordable. That we anchor these jobs in the region.”

    Pannetoni Development is still negotiating with what tenants will fill the warehouses.
    Bart Brynestad from Pannetoni’s Seattle office said the jobs will be similar to the 3,000 jobs coming to their other similar project just south of the airport in Des Moines.

    “They will be aerospace, manufacturing, logistics, office,” said Brynestad.

    Creighton told KIRO 7 anchor John Knicely that as the airport expands, one challenge is finding the workers to fill those jobs.

    “Particularly that will be an issue as the baby boomers continue to retire,” said Creighton.
    “We need younger people ready to go in these good-paying jobs.”

    Pannatoni expects to have the Seattle Gateway Center buildings done and delivered by early 2018.

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