Sitka EDA/Sawmill Cove Industrial Park
The Sawmill Cove Industrial Park is the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site. The mill ceased operation in 1993 and was demolished in 1999. That same year the site was donated to the City & Borough of Sitka and now serves as the City's industrial park. Any prior contaminations have been identified and cleaned and both the EPA and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation have indemnified both the City and its park tenants of any responsibilities for prior use. The Park is available for long-term lease or sold.
Utilizing federal and state grants, the entire infrastructure system at the Park has been replaced. This includes new water, sewer and electrical systems as well as roads and drainage. Some of the 138,000 sq. ft. of existing buildings have also undergone repairs and/or renovations.
Perhaps a unique attribute of the Park is the immediate access to a LARGE and unusually pure water source that comes from snow and glacier melt and 95 inches of rain fall a year. Sitka and Baranof Island are within the Tongass National Rain Forest located in the Alexander Archipelago of Alaska. The water source produces 345 million gallons of water per day of which 25 million gallons are available for export and another 15 million gallons/day available for use in the Park.
Another unique aspect of this industrial park is its location on the Pacific Ocean within the calm waters of Silver Bay fjord. Deep-water docks are a part of the Park accommodating a ship of 35'draft. Deeper water to 60' is available within 50 yards of the shore line and tidal changes in Sitka range from +12 feet to -2 feet. In addition, Sitka is served by three tug & barge line companies providing regular cargo/freight sailings to/from Seattle. Southeast Stevedoring Company, a division of Stevedoring Services of American, has offices and gear in Sitka and US Customs has a full time office in Sitka.
Sitka enjoys air served with up to seven-flights a day on Alaska Airlines using 737 jet service. The service provides connections to Seattle and other Alaska communities including Anchorage, Juneau and Ketchikan.