Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Long Beach to Discuss On-Dock Rail

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Long Beach is inviting stakeholders to a community meeting to discuss Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility, the key component of the port’s $1 billion rail improvement program.

The facility will allow cargo to be placed on trains rather than trucks when it arrives at marine terminals, curbing truck use in the area.

According to the port, the first arrival, departure and storage tracks are set to be operational in 2024, with more tracks being completed in 2030. The project is expected to be finalized in 2032.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m., at the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, 1301 W. 12th St., Long Beach, Calif.

For more information on the project, visit www.polb.com/PierB

New Portland Commissioners

By Karen Robes Meeks

Katherine Lam and Meg Niemi are the newest members of the nine-member Port of Portland Commission, replacing outgoing Commissioners Tom Chamberlain and Gary Young.

Lam, who is president and co-owner of Bambuza Hospitality Group, and Niemi, who has been president of SEIU Local 49 for more than 13 years, were appointed by Gov. Kate Brown. The Oregon Senate approved the appointments Nov. 20.

“It's a great honor to serve the Port of Portland in this capacity,” said Lam. “Portland has an award-winning international airport with an exciting expansion ahead of it. I look forward to building on that momentum to create a prosperous future for the port and our community.”

Niemi said she is honored to join the commission. “We have an incredible opportunity for Oregon’s economy and the Port of Portland to reflect the community it serves and value the workforce that makes it all possible,” she said. “Together, we can navigate a path forward that strengthens and lifts everyone.”

Long Beach Port Offers Park Funding

By Karen Robes Meeks

Six projects aimed toward augmenting greenspace and parks recently received a boost of more than $4.3 million from the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Recipients of the Port of Long Beach Community Grants Program include:

• City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services –$21,472 for Stephens Middle School edible garden

• Camp Fire Angeles – $645,286 for Discovery Trail at DeForest Park

• The Salvation Army – $670,000 for the Red Shield Youth and Community Center at Long Beach Boulevard and Spring Street

• City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine – $981,280 for Lincoln Park landscaping

• City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine – $999,100 for the Drake-Chavez Parks Connection Project, and

• City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine – $999,115 for the 51st Street Greenbelt

“With these grants, the Port is able to improve parks and recreational facilities that benefit areas around Long Beach that are closest to the cargo-movement routes,” said Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal. “This program and our environmental initiatives are just part of our effort to be a good neighbor.”

Christmas Ships to Call Camas-Washougal

By Karen Robes Meeks

The 65th annual Christmas Ships Parade returns to the Port of Camas-Washougal on the historic Columbia River on Dec 7.

The port will host as many as 30 decorated vessels for a special performance of this local tradition. Free hot cider and cookies will be served in the port’s meeting room for those wanting to escape the cold. Carolers from Washougal High School will add to the evening’s festivities.

The event is free. Doors open to the public at 5 p.m., with the parade set to begin at 6 p.m. at 24 South A Street in Washougal.

For more information, visit https://portcw.com/news/christmas-ships-parade-returns-to-the-port.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

San Diego Seaport Village Gains Tenants

By Karen Robes Meeks

Three popular local businesses will soon call the Port of San Diego’s Seaport Village home.

Port commissioners recently voted to approve leases for Mike Hess Brewing, Mr. Moto Pizza, and Spill the Beans, all of which are expected to open in 2020.

Mike Hess Brewing, which currently has locations in Miramar, North Park, Imperial Beach and Ocean Beach, will occupy a space along the waterfront boardwalk in the Carousel District north of the Pier Café. It will feature a beer tasting room and patio area with a full-service restaurant.

Mr. Moto Pizza will open its sixth location taking the space adjacent to Mike Hess Brewing in the Carousel District.

Opening a second location, specialty coffee and bagel shop Spill the Beans will move in to Seaport Village’s Lighthouse District across from the Marriott Marina near San Pasqual Winery.

“The port is thrilled to bring some new and established local favorites to the San Diego Bay waterfront for the enjoyment of San Diegans as well as those who visit us from across the country and around the world,” said Port Board Chairman Garry Bonelli. “These new tenants will help bring fresh energy and vitality to the diverse shops, unique eateries and outdoor entertainment already offered at the vibrant harbor-side hub.”

Everett Budget Supports Port Upgrades

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Everett’s $66.2 million budget for 2020 reflects a significant investment in its future and that of the region.

The 2020 fiscal plan includes $24.7 million in operating/non-operating expenses and $24.3 million in capital investment. Approximately $6.5 million has been put aside for environmental remediation and public access projects, and $9.2 million to pay the principal and interest of the port long-term debt.

The $24.3 million capital investment – $103.1 million through 2024 – will help fund 45 projects that further the port’s Strategic Plan. The plan includes upgrades to Seaport facilities, development of the former Kimberly-Clark mill site, and completion of Fisherman’s Harbor, which is Phase One of the port’s 65-acre mixed-use development at Waterfront Place.

The budget sets the financial framework for the port to continue delivering on the vision of a balanced Everett waterfront that supports maritime use at the urban deep-water Seaport, and mixed-use at the destination waterfront.

Port of Seattle to Fund Creek Remediation

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Seattle Commissioners moved to fund a portion of the Miller Creek restoration project in collaboration with the cities of Burien and SeaTac.

The motion to negotiate an inter-local agreement to allocate $800,000 of the $3.5 million joint project would help with the replacement of a failing culvert and the creation of 450 feet of new salmon spawning habitat on port land along Des Moines Memorial Drive. The creek supports existing runs of Coho salmon.

“When fully funded, this project will help restore Miller Creek to a more natural state, cooling and filtering the water to restore salmon habitat,” said Maiya Andrews, Public Works Director for the City of Burien.

SeaTac Public Works Director William Appleton said the project protects a sensitive environmental network and creates the potential for education and outreach.

“This is a fantastic opportunity that creates needed infrastructure and environmental improvements in a watershed that is one of the few salmon-bearing creeks in our area,” he said.