February 18, 2020
Meeting was called to order by Kaj at 7:30am. Cherie K. led the flag salute.
Peggy gave a history story.
Edna moved to accept Feb. 11 minutes, seconded by Rob O. Motion carried.
Randy Washburn, artist at One of a Kind Gallery; Rick Erickson, returning to report for KONP.
Cherie K. announced a Clallam County Conservation District election for Board Supervisor where ballots are not mailed. You must either vote in person on March 12th from noon to 7pm at the Armory or request a ballot and mail to be received by February 20th. Robert Beebe is the incumbent and Caroline Wilcox is the challenger.
Edna announced next week’s PABA program as YMCA’s Youth In Government.
Peggy said Thursday’s noon Kiwanis will be how to get started on your own family tree, with the Genealogical Society.
Edna interviewed Peggy who has been in Port Angeles for 10 years, moving here from Dallas TX where she was a research librarian. She’s involved with Kiwanis and the Historical Society.
Program: Erik Marks and Sam Grello, The Landing Mall
Erik said he is a Commercial Real Estate Attorney and the fourth owner of the building, which was built in 1985. His challenge was how to solve the physical challenge of the building. He is changing the name to Port Angeles Wharf, the totem poles are going away and being replaced with propellers on loan from Black Ball Ferry, and he is re-theming the whole building towards historic commerce.
Erik has cleaned up the interior including paint, smart thermostats, and LED lighting, to bring life to the building.
The Downriggers deck will be removed because they don’t use it enough and it’s rotting. The exterior will be completely painted and made to be more inviting, with new stairs leading to the second floor.
The upper parking is going away to be replaced with a turf play area and outdoor seating. Some parking will be recovered by restriping the lower parking area. The dock building will be removed.
Sam talked about the arcade they opened and how it was difficult to find games. Now they have 45 with a Port Angeles High School student to repair them. They also hired a manager and are hosting birthday parties. On weekends, a couple hundred people a day go to the arcade. BYOB karaoke may be coming. Most games are 50¢,
Erik stated there are more challenges with DNR regulations. They hold a land lease but fall in the Aquatic Lands Division of DNR because it used to be under water. Even though the building is on land, the lease is still assigned there and is the sane type of lease as a marina. He can’t get more than a 30-year lease because of a state harbor regulation and has hired a lobbyist. He needs people at the table who know what commercial real estate needs, not biologists.
DNR wants the old pier removed. Erik will wait until something else, like a new ferry dock, needs his mitigation credits until he goes ahead with removal. A new project needs these credits by removing something somewhere else.
In the 48,000sf building rents range from $5/ft to $30/ft. There is a small amount of entrepreneurial zeal from younger people. He offered low rent but people didn’t have the courage to do it. It will take 5-8 years to complete the vision and he needs help with contractors, especially a commercial painter.
Promotion will be in the way of $100k of signage. The challenge is changing public perception. Downrigger’s business is up every quarter since he’s owned the building. The presence of the city waterfront is why he moved ahead and suggests starting cleanup of streets and sidewalks.
Erik said staff have protocol for dealing with homeless and loitering, working in pairs and being polite and deliberate. They keep things clean and well lit, and the city is limited by applicable laws. They saw an uptick of activity once the Horizon Center closed. They also asked the city to shut off access to outlets where the public can plug in their phones to help.
Feb. 25, YMCA Youth in Government
Meeting adjourned at 8:32am.