Thursday, August 4, 2005
From staff reports
The Port of Hood River is negotiating with a growing California company for the purchase of the former Western Power building and property.
Officials believe that B.O.B. is a “great” fit for Hood River because the firm is environmentally friendly and will bring in needed family-wage jobs.
B.O.B., which produces and markets a line of bicycle trailers and baby strollers, has offered the port $1.83 million for the structure and Lot 7 on which it sits.
“This is a great little company that has an interest in coming to Hood River, and would build our region’s growing reputation as an adventure sports and outdoor recreation mecca for small, innovative companies,” said Dave Harlan, port director.
The 36,000 square foot facility sought by B.O.B. is currently occupied by Homeshield, Inc. However, that company plans to move its manufacturing processes for window and door frame components to larger quarters in The Dalles by early next year.
The port has not yet accepted or countered B.O.B.’s offer, but has asked for two more working weeks to review it further. Harlan said discussions with the company have taken place concerning retaining the existing height restriction on any new building, reserving a corridor for a waterfront trail, and the right to repurchase the building and property for its appraised value at a future date.
“They’ve been more than receptive to working within the height and public access requirements that have been part of the discussion regarding the waterfront over the last several years,” he said.
Harlan said that if negotiations move forward, the company would make use of an existing waterfront building that has substantial useful life remaining in it. He said that a sale would help Hood River retain some of the economic activity it will lose when Homeshield relocates.
In a related development, the port has declined an offer by the U.S. Post Office for leased space in the Wasco Street Business Park. Harlan said the port board felt that only a handful of jobs would be created on about 60,000 square feet of land for a mail distribution center.
“The port did not want to give up a chunk of valuable industrial land just for a return on investment when it would not create a lot of jobs per acre,” he said.
Instead, the port has decided to pursue negotiations with several local companies interested in expanding operations in the business park. Officials are also engaged in a discussion with the post office for several other available sites.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge