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Posted on Mar 18, 2017

Port of Quincy eyes flooring for conference center

More improvements to the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center could be on the way, as the Port of Quincy commissioners consider new flooring for the building at 115 F St. SW, Quincy.
Commissioner Brian Kuest said Tuesday, March 14, that he believes the port has an obligation to the community to upgrade the conference center as well as operate it.
“We are trying to make improvements as we can,” Kuest said, so the conference center is “presentable to the community, for the use of the community.”
The conference center was a major topic at the March 8 meeting of the port commissioners, with ideas for its interior, marketing, rental rates and the range of users of the facility, which the port’s website lists as 8,500 square feet. Commissioners Patric Connelly and Brian Kuest were present, and Curt Morris participated by conference call.
Since acquiring the property in July 2015, the port has done a variety of improvements to the building, including paint and wallboard. The building was originally a Safeway grocery store in the 1960s, the port’s website says. Later, it became the Quincy Community Center, and then it was donated to the Port of Quincy.
At the meeting March 8, there was a long discussion of the floors stemming from a presentation by Project Manager Nick Parker about flooring materials, colors and cost estimates. Parker had done some research and wants to upgrade the flooring in the conference center. He said he believes that an improved space would sustain a ramping up of the rent charged to groups to use the conference center, and the increased rental income could defray the cost of the flooring project.
There was no vote on it. The plan was for Parker to get more information and the board to discuss it again.
Kuest said on March 14 that the port has received a bid on the flooring and there will be a sample or samples of the material – commercial-grade laminate flooring – at the next commissioners’ meeting, which is scheduled for March 22.
In other Port of Quincy business, commissioners approved renewing the lease of port property on Road 13 north of Amway. The land is being farmed. And there was some discussion of water wells at the Colockum Ridge Golf Course and when the course would emerge from winter and open for the year.
There was also a report on Industrial Park 5, the Port of Quincy’s development in the city of George. Design work for the road into the park has been on hold to see whether the Legislature might provide funding, said Larry Julius, of the engineering firm Gray & Osborne Inc., but at the moment there was none in sight. Commissioners instructed Julius to go ahead with the design work for the road.
Rounding out the meeting, Parker talked about the need for a replacement pickup truck, and commissioners decided to continue support for the Dru Gimlin event and sign the port up as a sponsor of an upcoming conference by GWATA, the North Central Washington technology alliance.

By Dave Burgess,

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