At their Wednesday, August 28, 2013 meeting the Port of Friday Harbor Commissioners approved a statement crafted by Commissioner Greg Hertel.
The statement says the commission's intent is to have the businesses that previously occupied the building destroyed in the August 18 fire return to the building.
Town Land Use manager Mike Bertrand has told the port they will have to apply for a shoreline development permit. They will also have to cleanup and gasoline and oil pollution which he expects is under the building. There was a major clean up across the street and in the street before the 123 building was built a few years ago.
The port will not be allowed to have parking backing onto the street as it would violate street standards. It is a safety issue, Bertrand says.
Referring to the pollution and parking issues, Bertrand said, "They'll need to do it right."
Port Executive Director Marilyn O'Conner doesn't expect there will be any pollution problem. Pipes from the oil containers went through the port property. They were decommissioned years ago and monitoring wells were put in place. The wells are capped now. O'Connor believes they wouldn't have been capped if any problems had been found.
If there is some pollution, it most likely wouldn't be much and would be discovered when the soil was dug up according to O'Connor. The contaminated soil would have to be disposed of differently than the rest of the soil. She doesn't forsee any delays due to the soil.
Bertrand has told the Port Executive Director Marilyn O'Conner to contact the town as soon as the port finds an architect. He said there may be parts of the permit process which can get underway before the building is designed.
"We want to do whatever we can to speed up the process," he said.
The commissioners and O'Connor said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson has been very helpful.