Streets, fire hall spruced up in Cascade Locks spring cleaning

April 14, 2012

Spring cleaning efforts are under way in Cascade Locks starting this week, under the guidance of the Cascade Locks Downtown Revitalization Steering Committee and its sub-committee on cleanup.

"The goal is to plan and conduct the most effective cleanup in the western hemisphere," quipped Paul Koch, interim city administrator.

This weekend, weather permitting, the focus will be on cleaning and painting the old fire hall property downtown on WaNaPa Avenue.

"We want to get the fire hall looking a lot better to try and interest people in making something of the property," said Larry Cramblett, a Revitalization Committee member who helped spearhead the fire hall painting project. The Port of Cascade Locks is donating the paint for the fire hall project, according to Joeinne Caldwell, committee member and port commission member.

Another area of focus will be cleaning the sidewalks and areas along WaNaPa just west of the exit from Interstate 84, across from Charburger.

"The great thing is there is so much energy happening from so many parts of the community to bring all kinds of new and existing cleanup efforts together," in one campaign, Koch said.

Efforts at the fire hall have already included pressure washing the building, scraping rust and peeling paint and removing the shed from the west side.

In addition, an extensive amount of old equipment, papers and other surplus has been removed from the inside of the building, according to interim fire chief Devon Wells.

Koch said the interior cleanup was a key piece of advice from one of the brokers consulting with the city on selling or otherwise disposing of the old fire hall. The city council decided in early March to approach a set of Portland brokers to look at the property and suggest approaches to marketing the property

April 30 is the deadline for brokers to submit proposals to the city for what to do with the property. Selling it, leasing or renting it are among the options, as is tearing down the building and erecting a commercial building.

"It's the whole gamut," Koch said. He said a number of options have been discussed and the council will hold a workshop as early as May to determine its preferred option.

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