October 29, 2009


Plans to develop a

public market along Wenatchee’s Riverfront have moved another step forward. Chelan County Port District

Commissioners took the first step toward the possible purchase of the Morse Steel property by ordering an

appraisal of The 3-acre property at the foot of Orondo Street. Its located at the south end of the City’s

Riverfront subarea plan which extends North to the Town Toyota Center and includes the soon-to-open Riverside

Drive. The Port’s Director of External Affairs, Mike Armstrong says Wednesday’s Board action follows

months of discussions with the City regarding economic development along the City’s waterfront. The Port of

Chelan County is in the business of economic development. To that end Armstrong says the Morse Steel property, if

aquired, could be a valuable asset to add to the Port’s portfolio of properties in Olds Station, Cashmere

and Peshastin. Armstrong says the property is also located within the City’s recently created Local

Revitalization Improvement District which could help attract more commercial development through tax incentives

from the State. There’s already interest being expressed by private developers to build a Public Market

using the existing Pybus Steel building. There are also reports that the old City Public Works property to the

north is close to being sold for development of a luxury waterfront hotel.



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