TWIN FALLS • Twin Falls will get a half-million dollars from the state to expand the wastewater lift station that will serve the 300,000-square-foot Clif Bar bakery that’s slated to be built in the Jayco Industrial Park.
The existing station needs to be expanded to ensure it has enough capacity to serve Clif Bar, said Mandi Thompson, the city’s grant writer. It will also be able to accommodate future growth in the area, she said.
The grant also covers some related work — installing an additional wet well, a service building, and installing pumps screens, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office said in a news release.
“It’s amazing to see all of the growth and development that Twin Falls and the Magic Valley are experiencing,” Otter said. “The state of Idaho is pleased to be a partner in helping local leaders improve the infrastructure necessary to attract and grow businesses while creating new job opportunities for Idahoans.”
The money is coming as an Idaho Community Development Block Grant, a program funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state’s Economic Advisory Council reviews the grant applications and makes the recommendations; Otter has the final approval.
The bakery is expected to create over 200 full-time jobs.
Melinda Anderson, who heads both the city’s Urban Renewal Agency and its Economic Development office, said she is working on the plans for other infrastructure improvements that will come with Clif Bar, including roads and additional water, sewer and electricity upgrades.
Work on the lift station is expected to start in early 2015. Clif Bar hopes to start construction on the bakery this winter and start manufacturing in early 2016.