The design and development approval process has begun for the first building at Blue Mountain Station. A multi-use, multi-tenant building with individually-rentable food processing spaces, a commercial kitchen, a small flour mill, and a shared retail area will be constructed by the Port to accommodate artisan food processing businesses. Preconstruction work is likely to continue through the end of 2012, with construction completed in 2013.
In the meantime, we have a couple of other things going on. First, we want to include potential tenants in the design phase of the building. This will start this month! If you are interested in locating in the building and have not yet contacted me, please do so ASAP so you can be included in the process. I can be reached at 509-382-2577 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Second, the Port and the SouthEast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) will be offering business classes starting in the fall of 2012. The Port is coordinating two classes directly related to value-added agriculture that will be taught by local value-added expert Clive Kaiser. The first will showcase a successful value-added business cluster that Clive helped develop in South Africa and offer a tutorial on using his website that has all the tools needed for an emerging value-added business. The second, also taught by Clive, will focus on grant writing with an emphasis on successfully tapping into USDA grant funds that are available to producers. Input is needed on what time of day and what days of the week would work best for you to attend these classes. Please provide that input to me at the contact information above.
Lastly, initial landscaping at the site will move forward this summer. Native, low water-use grasses and plants will be used to beautify the area near the location of the first building. The project will go out for bid this summer and plants will start going in the ground this fall.
Lots going on at Blue Mountain Station! Please contact me if you are interested in participating in the building design process and/or the business classes. Hope to hear from many of you soon!