Sheppard’s breaks ground
Construction begins this spring on a new waterfront building for Sheppard’s, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the Hood River Valley. C.M and W.O. Sheppard purchased 1.93 acres of land at N. 2nd Ave. and Riverside Drive in January for $649,374 after fulfilling requirements of its Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) with the Port.
The company plans to construct a 20,000 square-foot light industrial building for assembly, repair and sales of agriculture machine products. The project is moving along as scheduled, with substantial completion expected in late 2016.
Lot 1 Concept Planning Update
A development plan for Lot 1 is now complete, outlining critical considerations that include development goals and objectives, Lot 1’s high visibility, preliminary construction cost estimates, and schedule. Walker|Macy completed the plan after a public process and visioning period balancing cost factors, funding options and community needs.
Design guidelines and job density requirements will be developed reflecting existing covenants. A center swath through Lot 1 is planned to serve as a view corridor from town to the river, with pedestrian access and vegetated storm water runoff treatment. At this time, the Port plans to maintain ownership of rights-of-way and lot leasing is assumed, although the Commission has yet to determine its lease/sell strategy.
This conceptual subdivision and infrastructure plan serves as a basis for the preparation of a subdivision application to the City of Hood River sometime this year. The Port will select a consultant to work on a subdivision application this spring, which will identify legal lots.
Hook Trail Project
Another major trail improvement is underway on Hood River’s waterfront as the City and Port work toward the completion of the Hook Trail project. The City’s sewer outfall relocation project will soon be complete, laying the groundwork for the City’s portion of the Hook Trail project, which includes paving an asphalt extension of the existing trail; from the northwest corner of the Maritime Building to the northwest point of the Hook.
The Port’s portion of the project includes construction of a synthetic turf rigging area, stone seat wall, and solar light bollards lining the asphalt path. Emery & Sons Construction Group is carrying out the work. A $25,895 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant and a $20,000 contribution from Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District have helped fund the projects. The City’s share of the project should be completed in late March, with the Port’s portion finished later this spring.
Lower Mill Site redevelopment in progress
Three industrial lots will soon be available at the Port’s recently acquired Lower Mill Site as progress continues on redevelopment on this M-1 (Industrial) zoned site.
After the recent purchase of 2.36 acres of neighboring land, the total site acreage is 12.36, sub-divided into lots ranging from 1.9 to 4.76 acres available for sale. Fill and grading work is 75% complete and will resume after two solid weeks of dry weather. The Port is now working on bringing utilities to individual lots, with onsite utilities out for bid this Spring.
For more information about the Lower Mill Site or other Port property available for lease, contact Anne Medenbach, Property & Development Manager for the Port of Hood River, 541-386-5116.
pFriem now sole Halyard tenant
pFriem Family Brewing is now the sole tenant at the Port’s 20,000 square-feet Halyard Building on the Hood River Waterfront. The craft brewery has experienced rapid growth since opening in 2011 as the first Halyard tenant in one of four units.
Almost immediately, the company expanded into the neighboring suite, and added an outdoor patio. In 2015, the brewery took over Suite 103 when PocketFuel ceased operations, and early this year the company signed a lease for Suite 104 at Halyard when small manufacturing firm Real Carbon moved to the Port’s Big 7 Building.
pFriem’s expansion aids the brewery in boosting production capacity up to 20,000 barrels of beer annually. They are expecting to produce over 10,000 barrels this year, compared to their initial 1,500 barrel output in 2012. The extra space will help the company significantly expand production of barrel-aged ales. pFriem currently has 60 employees, and was recently named Oregon Brewery of the Year at the Oregon Beer Awards.