State Business


Shipping giant UPS announced this week it has started construction on 360,000-square-foot building in the 110-acre East Park 70 industrial park. The park is just off I-70 near East 23rd Avenue and Smith Road on the city’s eastern edge. The $90-million facility, which is set to open for some operations this holiday season and should be complete by 2019, is expected to employ 700 people


“Economic growth brings opportunities, and it brings headaches,” says Margaret O’Mara, a University of Washington professor who specializes in urban history. “That was true in 1840s Manchester, it was true in 1890s Pittsburgh, and it’s true with Seattle in the 20-teens. … It’s on both cities and the tech companies to figure out the way to handle these things.”