Mark your calendar … we’ve set the date for groundbreaking at Blue Mountain Station!
A call for bids was advertised Wednesday, February 16th, starting the clock on the march toward construction. Contractors will have until March 9th to submit proposals for the project, and the Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners will award the contract for work at a special meeting March 16th. After the contract is awarded, construction will begin when weather and supply conditions allow.
In order to have a consistent timeline for the actual groundbreaking ceremony, the Blue Mountain Station Executive Committee has set the date for April 15th, 2011. Even though ground may have been “disturbed” prior to this date, we need a solid ceremony date during construction that will allow us to make appropriate plans to celebrate the official breaking of ground for this project.
A special email will be sent to eNewsletter subscribers with details on the ceremony. It is very important as a community to celebrate our successes, so I hope you will join us for this very special celebration.
In the meantime, a roundtable discussion with growers and processors interested in supplying products for or locating a business at Blue Mountain Station is in the planning stages. Please contact me by February 25th at firstname.lastname@example.org if you fit this category and are interested in participating in the discussion.
Roundtable discussion points will include exploring the potential for shared space and equipment in one building for smaller processors, and ways the Port can help now to support local foods and value-added ag entrepreneurs.