How SKIA stacks up to other industrial areasMarch 6th, 2013 by Rachel Pritchett
How does the South Kitsap Industrial Area stack up with other industrial areas in Puget Sound? On the smaller side, far less developed side, I’d say. As you may know, SKIA consists of the Olympic View Industrial and Business Parks on the west side of Highway 3, Bremerton National Airport, and the vast mostly undeveloped area east of the runway. SKIA covers 3,690 acres and has 39 firms in it for about 1,000 jobs, according to the Puget Sound Regional Council.
PSRC compared it to the seven other designated industrial areas that include Ballard/Interbay, Duwamish, Frederickson, Kent, North Tukwila, Paine Field/Boeing and the Port of Tacoma.
It found that SKIA has more acreage than the average of the eight, which was 3,178 acres. It had far fewer jobs than the average, which was 20,309, far fewer firms present in it (average was 557), and far fewer parcels. SKIA has 148 parcels and the average is 593 parcels.
Which I suppose means room to grow. It’s kind of an unfair comparison. Some of these industrial areas are as old as Seattle. SKIA’s still new, though there’s been little interest in it by potential businesses to date.