Port of Illahee eyes vacant building as possible community center
Christian Vosler, August 11, 2016, Kitsap Sun
The Port of Illahee is exploring options to purchase the defunct Illahee Foods store and turn it into a community center.
Port commissioners, in a 2-1 vote, approved an amendment to the port’s Comprehensive Plan that calls for the port to buy the building “if and when it may become available, for a multipurpose Community Center.” The amendment also identifies the Port’s need for additional accessible parking to be compliant with American Disabilities Act requirements.
“I’m the longest-serving commissioner, and we’ve had our eyes on that store ever since it went vacant,” Commissioner George Schaefer said.
Nippon paper mill, cogeneration plant in Port Angeles for sale
August 12, 2016, Peninsula Daily News
The paper mill that has anchored Ediz Hook for 98 years is for sale.
The Nippon Paper Industries USA plant and the company’s newly built biomass cogeneration plant west of downtown Port Angeles are being marketed for sale by PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC in southwest British Columbia.
There is no sign the mill, which employed 160 as of June 2015, would be closed, said City Manager Dan McKeen.
PWC Managing Partner Rishi Kapoor invited the Port of Port Angeles to consider purchasing Nippon in a July 25 email to port Executive Director Karen Goschen.
Vancouver USA rescinds bio tech lease
Mark Edward Nero, August 12, 2016, Pacific Maritime Online Magazine
The Port of Vancouver USA’s Board of Commissioners on Aug. 9 voted unanimously to cancel the lease of biotechnology company AbSci LLC at Terminal 1, saying that the location is no longer adequate to meet the company’s needs.
AbSci originally planned to relocate from its offices in Portland, Oregon, to the port’s waterfront development at Terminal 1 this spring. The port would have provided renovated office and lab space in the former Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay Hotel.
However, AbSci’s continued rapid growth due to significant industry interest in its protein manufacturing platform means further investment in the port’s interim facility at the former hotel no longer meets the company’s needs.