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Port of Long BeachToyota Logistics Services has proposed improvements to modernize their terminal at Pier B at the Port of Long Beach, and they have submitted a draft study for the proposed changes. The reconfiguration of the terminal includes building a renewable fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station. The terminal is used to off-load automobiles, where they are then transported by truck or rail. In recent years, the Port of Long Beach has completed several improvements to reduce economic impacts and to modernize the terminals to maintain a global competitive advantage. Toyota’s proposals is complementary with the port’s efforts.

“This project was proposed by and will be implemented by Toyota, however, it does support our overall modernization, energy and clean air goals,” Matt Arms, Assistant Director of Environmental Planning at the Port of Long Beach, tells GlobeSt.com. The draft study—also known as Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration—is the first step in the process. It shows that the reconfiguration project will not cause a significant impact on the environment.

The improvements will improve operations at the terminal, and include the removal of existing office, car washing, fueling, auto body and other facilities. Many of these spaces will be consolidated under one roof. “Under the proposed project, the basic function of the Toyota facility would not change, however the majority of the vehicle processing facilities would be relocated into one new more efficient facility,” says Arms. “In addition, a new fuel cell plant would be constructed to convert renewable natural gas into hydrogen to provide the power needed for the facility as well as hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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