Depoe Bay’s old fish plant on the west side of the harbor is not in great shape – certainly in no condition to be leased out to local fishermen who want to crank it back up and create new jobs in the harbor.
Depoe Bay’s public works supervisor said the old plant needs both structural and utility repairs. He said that a major support concrete piling has a big crack in it – the one holding up a major portion of the flooring under the plant. There are also plumbing problems and dry rot that needs to be replaced. Pipes have been damaged by freezing temperatures as well as damaged caused by the Japanese Tsunami that visited the harbor in March of 2011.
He goes on to say that the second floor of the plant was built without permits or inspections and will not pass scrutiny of an inspector. It’s recommended to return the top floor to its prior floor plan and repairing flooring as needed. No fire suppression systems are installed in the facility, even the extinguishers are out of date. Most aren’t even charged anymore. The inspection also revealed a fire suppression sprinkler system should be installed to protect the property.
City councilors were told that the repairs won’t be cheap and that the city’s ability to spend money on the building to make it suitable for leasing is limited. It was recommended that the council concentrate on repairing the most important elements of the building first that might begin producing an income from the lease payments which could then go toward bringing the facility back into a healthy condition.
No timeline for any of this was offered, other than a consensus among councilors that it will take time. Hope was expressed that outside economic development grants might become available to help get the facility back open and become a revenue maker for the city again. And there is the possibility that those expressing an interest in reactivating the facility might be able to offer rehabilitation work in lieu of lease payments as a cooperative venture with the city.