V&G Plans Mixed Use Waterfront Development; Park Improvements Start This Spring; Business Profile: Oregon Cherry Growers; Port Eyes Value-Added Agriculture Opportunities.
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V&G Plans Mixed Use
Waterfront Development

This time next year, Paula Valkov hopes to see thriving cafes and pubs, busy offices and riverview apartments overlooking Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park. That's the goal of Klindt Cove Landing, a mixed-use development planned off of Klindt Drive that will include six commercial lease spaces from 1,670 to 3,000 square feet; and nine high-end, modern, residential lofts of 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. 

Klindt cove landing exteriorPaula has teamed up with Patrick Grimsley in V & G, LLC, which will develop the property.

"Klindt Cove Landing captures the opportunity to build a shared residential and commercial structure on the shore of the Columbia, creating a completely unique environment to work, live, and enjoy The Dalles," Patrick says.

Ground work is already under way on the project, which is located along Klindt Drive in the Chenoweth Creek Subdivision of the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area. Paula and Patrick bought the land for the development from the Port.

Paula hopes the development will include at least one or two eateries, perhaps a cafe, a coffee shop or a cidery or distillery.

"It will be nice to have the park next to a dining or coffee facility," she says.

She can also see businesses with a river connection as likely tenants.

The building will be 28,000 square feet total on two floors. The main floor will provide commercial space, while the upper floor will provide what Paula calls an "urban oasis" of luxury loft apartments in a modern, industrial style suited to the setting. Some will be furnished and provide short-term executive stay-style lodging.

Commercial space is expected to be available this summer, while some of the residential lofts should be complete by the end of the year.

The site is adjacent to the Riverfront Trail, which will make for easy non-motorized access to much of The Dalles.

For leasing information call (509) 294-3758.

Park Improvements
Planned This Spring

This spring, Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park will start to see some improvements and expansion, thanks to a healthy grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

Among the new amenities proposed for the park are a children's play area, more seating, a shaded picnic area, a meditation area, and food court/event parking. A strolling path and statue garden are envisioned for a future phase of improvement.

"Additional park amenities will really complement the Riverfront Trail, which runs through the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area," says Andrea Klaas, Port Executive Director. "The park is a great asset for folks who work in the industrial area. The additions will also make it a nicer place for weekend festivals and activities."

Touring Oregon Cherry Growers' ingredient production facility at the Port of The Dalles on Jan. 26 were, from left, Carolyn Meece, Business Oregon; Chuck Covert, NAPA Auto Parts; Fritz Ellett, Green Ridge Tree Farm; Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District; Kathy Ursprung, Port of The Dalles; and Amanda Hoey, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District. Pictured on the shelves are examples of products that use Oregon Cherry Grower ingredients.

Business Profile: Oregon Cherry Growers

If you've ever enjoyed any kind of cherry ice cream, chances are high that it was made with cherries from Oregon Cherry Growers at the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area. Cherry Growers produces 80 percent of the cherries used in ice cream nation-wide, and majority of ingredient cherries used in other parts of the food industry. From the proprietary flavor profiles of industry mainstays like Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia to the small-batch ice cream made in local creameries, Oregon Cherry Growers is there to serve.

Cherry Growers also produces dried fruit including cherries, blueberries, wild blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Most of the fruit comes from local and Pacific Northwest growers, with the exception of the tiny wild blueberries, which grow only eastern North America around Nova Scotia and the surrounding region. Cherry Growers also sells its own line of dried fruit under the brand Royal Harvest. These products are made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients.

The ingredient fruit and dried fruit have helped create additional income streams, beyond the summer's fresh fruit and the brine cherries that are now sent to Salem to be made into maraschino cherries.

Port Eyes Value-Added
Agriculture Opportunities

Agriculture is an enormous part of the economy in Wasco County. The various products raised here, led by cherries, wheat and beef, are valued at nearly $90 million in a good year and provide employment  ranging from about 1,200 to more than 6,000, depending on the season.

The addition of a growing value-added agriculture sector that includes breweries and wineries, as well as production facilities such as Oregon Cherry Growers, Powder Pure and NuCulture Foods, is helping  add jobs and value in the county.

The Port is targeting value-added agriculture in its economic strategy and looking at ways to address the facilities needs of this sector.

"We are partnering with OSU/Wasco County Extension and the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College to see if we can provide facilities and services that will allow more start-ups like NuCulture to get established and thrive," says Kathy Ursprung, project coordinator.
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