Spring Street Landing Bulkhead Ready in Time for Summer
05/05/15 Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: On Friday May 3, Friday Harbor Port Commissioner Greg Hertel did the official honors by cutting the ribbon at the newly constructed Spring Street Landing Bulkhead. The waterfront project has been on the “must do” list for many years, and reconstruction of the Spring Street Landing Building provided the perfect opportunity.
PND Engineers designed the bulkhead, built of stabilized earth with a rock facing to the north of the pier, and of formed concrete to the south of the pier. Mike Carlson Enterprises was the contractor on the project, which had a cost of $1.4 million.
Permits issued by the Corps of Engineers required all “in-water” work to be completed by the middle of February (the “fish window”), so the contractor worked into the midnight hours for much of the project. The Port took the opportunity to remove and dispose of contaminated soils in the area during the excavation.
A new restaurant and office building has been designed for the site and construction is expected to begin in July. The next phase will include creation of a waterfront walkway with seating, lights and planted areas along the edge of the new bulkhead.
A new feature of the waterfront will be a stairway leading down to a small beach near the fuel pier, which will be open to the public once the building and walkway projects are completed.
Bulkhead Replacement Project
11/25/14 Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: The first step to rebuild the Spring Street Landing site is scheduled to begin December 1st. The Bulkhead Reconstruction Project will involve local contractor Mike Carlson Enterprises, who submitted the lowest bid at $1,673,069 dollars. This project will include replacement of the old deteriorated bulkhead with embossed concrete on the south side and similar stone for the remainder of the seawall exterior.The Port’s contractor will need to take advantage of low tides, which at this time of year occur at night. The Port will work to minimize disruptions along the waterfront when night work is necessary. For questions on the project contact Joe Wheeler by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE TOWN COUNCIL REGARDING THE SHORELINE SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT
5:30pm Thursday, June 26, 2013 at Brickworks Plaza. DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL: The Town of Friday Harbor has received applications from the Port of Friday Harbor for a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit (SSDP No. 97) and a State Environment Policy Act Checklist (SEPA No. 293) proposing new construction to replace the previous Spring Street Landing Project and the Downriggers Restaurant which was destroyed by fire.
The upper street level will include a new restaurant with outdoor dining, an upper public plaza, and a small retail building. The lower level of the building will contain retail space and parking. A public and pedestrian walkway will link the waterfront to the Front Street upper level and to the Spring Street Pier. Approximately 9,218 sq. ft. of restaurant and retail space is proposed as well as 5,628 sq. ft. of lower level parking and restrooms.
PROPONENT: Port of Friday Harbor, Marilyn O’Conner – Executive Director, PO Box 889, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
LOCATION: The subject property is located at 10 Front Street No. on Tax Parcel No. 351353001 which is within the designated shoreline of the Town of Friday Harbor.
TIME & DATE: The Town Council will hold a PUBLIC HEARING to review this SHORELINE SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT application at 5:30 PM Thursday, June 26, 2013 at Brickworks Plaza located at 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250. Additional information about the proposal is available for public review HERE or by contacting Mike Bertrand at the Town’s Community Development Department. More here...
Latest News on the Spring Street Landing Building
03/18/14 Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: The Port Commission held a Special meeting the evening of March 17th to decide on the architectural design of the Spring Street Landing Building. The Port’s architect, Peter Brachvogel with BC & J Architects, presented to the public audience several roof profiles compared to the old Downrigger’s roof line. He pointed out that the new building’s perpendicular orientation to the street will provide improved views through the site.
After listening to public comments and discussion amongst themselves, the Commission approved the building design that they believe meets the community’s desire for a traditional form. They further directed Mr. Brachvogel to return with drawings illustrating this decision for the Commission to review. Commissioner Chair Mike Ahrenius reiterated to the audience the Commission’s priorities for this project: improve pedestrian and public access to the waterfront, consideration of view corridors, and to recover the previous restaurant and retail space.
Computer-generated drawings are here: March 17, 2014 SSL Building Approved and SSL Building roof profile. Building materials such as siding and windows will be decided at a later date. The next step for the Port is to present this design to the Town’s Historic Preservation Review Board at their April meeting.
Special Port Commission Meeting on Monday 3/17Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: There will be a special Friday Harbor Port Commission meeting at the San Juan Island Yacht Club on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:30pm. The Port Commission viewed the latest conceptual drawings for the SSL Building at the March 11th Special Commission meeting. This was their first time to review and discuss the architect’s new direction on what the building will look like in response to the numerous comments from the public received after the February 6th Community meeting. Please find the drawings here: March 11, 2014 SSL Building Conceptual Drawing
1. Citizen comments/requests: For items not on the agenda citizens can make a brief presentation and ask the Commission to schedule a topic for discussion at a future meeting.
2. Regular Business: A. Approve minutes for March 5, 2014 Special Commission meeting (Note: Minutes are kept at the Port Office and on the Port’s website: portfridayharbor.org). B. Approve vouchers and payroll. Update on Spring Street Landing. Continued here...
Port of Friday Harbor Final Schematic Design
The Port Commission invites the public to share opinions on the proposed Friday Harbor waterfront design before it's too late. The waterfront is the front door to our island and the community needs every opportunity to have a say in its design. Please use the comment form http://www.portfridayharbor.
Refer to the"Waterfront Planning and Design" document http://www.portfridayharbor.
Demolition at Spring Street Landing - UPDATE
01/22/14: The Port of Friday Harbor’s demolition contractor, MEM Enterprises, should receive their final permit to begin demolition of the Spring Street Landing building by January 27th. The Port had previously anticipated demolition to begin January 2lst. This delay is due to waiting for the Department of Labor & Industries permit. The roof is scheduled for removal on January 30th with the majority of the building to be removed the following work day.
Demolition at Spring Street Landing01/16/14: The Port of Friday Harbor’s insurance company recently concluded their analysis of the Spring Street Landing Building. The Port Commission unanimously voted to approve the Notice to Proceed on the demolition of the building, as soon as possible. The Port’s contractor, MEM Enterprises, is tentatively scheduled to begin demolition on Tuesday, January 21. This date is dependent on receiving all the required permits prior to demolition. The project may take up to 3 weeks to complete.
PowerPoint Presentation of the Port’s Dec 3 Meeting
12/06/13: On December 3rd, the Port Commission hosted a community meeting to introduce the Spring Street Landing Site design teams and view for the first time the initial conceptual design drawings for the Spring Street Landing building. The Port’s Waterfront Master Plan consultant, Makers Architecture, provided an update on the Master Plan. Please click on the link below for the PowerPoint presentation from this meeting. Presentation 12-3-2013 – web
The Port has begun the process of rebuilding the Spring Street Landing building, destroyed by fire a few months ago. The Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor have steadily moved forward on this project by contracting with engineers and architects to create a waterfront commercial building the San Juan Island community will be proud of for years to come. Demolition of the damaged building will take place soon.
Moving Forward on the Waterfront
11/22/13 Press Release: The Port Commissioners invite the public to attend an update meeting on the Port’s Waterfront Master Plan and to meet the Spring Street Site design teams on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Friday Harbor House conference room. The Workshop will begin at 5pm, with presentations scheduled to begin at 5:30pm. The Port has begun the process of rebuilding the Spring Street Landing building, destroyed by fire a few months ago.The Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor have steadily moved forward on this project by contracting with engineers and architects to create a waterfront commercial building the San Juan Island community will be proud of for years to come. Demolition of the damaged building will take place soon. This will be a great opportunity to give feedback on the early design concepts of the Spring Street Landing building. Light refreshments will be provided. For questions Contact Deanna Eltinge (360) 378-2688.
Downriggers Fire Determined to be Accidental
08/30/13 Joint Press Release from Port of Friday Harbor and : The Port of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island Fire Rescue have determined that the recent fire at 10 Front Street was not an intentionally set fire. A team of investigators determined that the cause was an electrical problem within a wall near the kitchen area of Downriggers Restaurant.
The Fire Department reports that there were no injuries. The Port of Friday Harbor wishes to thank the community for the outpouring of support for the businesses and their employees who were affected by the fire. The Port of Friday Harbor’s Board of Commissioners and the Town of Friday Harbor have pledged to work together to begin the process of rebuilding this very important part of Friday Harbor’s waterfront as soon as possible.
San Juan Island Fire Rescue serves all of San Juan Island – including the Town of Friday Harbor – as well as Brown and Pearl Islands. Through a contract with the State Department of Natural Resources, the fire district also provides wildland fire suppression for all of San Juan County’s non-ferry served islands. Predominantly staffed by volunteers, the agency operates seven fire stations, numerous fire engines and other vehicles as well as the region’s only fire boat. In 2012, the fire department responded to 241 calls for service.
Residents of Brown, Pearl and San Juan Islands are encouraged to contact the fire department if they are interested in becoming a firefighter. The next recruit academy begins in September at the Mullis Street fire station. The Port of Friday Harbor is a public port district on San Juan Island that operates the marina in Friday Harbor, including Spring Street Landing. The Port maintains Jackson Beach and the boat launch ramp as well as the Friday Harbor Airport. The Port owns and operates numerous properties around the airport and waterfront, providing spaces for many locally owned businesses that add to the economic vitality of the community.
Thank You from the Owners of Downriggers
My family and my crew would like to thank the entire community for the love and support that has been shown since the tragic fire at Downriggers. The fire department and EMT's were wonderful, staying for over 12 hours and always keeping us informed and as comfortable as possible. Thank you to the Sheriff's dispatcher for paying attention and catching the fire. To Shelly from Herb's for calling us, and then staying throughout the entire night offering support, food and comfort and taking command of the situation. You were amazing.
We also need to thank Lisa & Stacey from the Hungry Clam, Bobby Tangney and Thalya Harvey from Hailey's and Pam Stewart from Cafe Demter, who brought food and support in the early morning hours. A thank you to all of our dear friends and families who came and stood by our side as we watched the restaurant burn. As bad as the situation was we were supported the entire time.
Thank you to all the businesses, especially Roche Harbor Resort, who have stepped up to give my employees jobs. The support that has been shown by the entire community for Downriggers and the crew is truly amazing. Our hearts are truly overwhelmed by what the Downriggers meant to so many people.It is my crew that has helped me to make that happen over the years. We truly are a tight family. We look forward to returning to our spot on the Waterfront as soon as possible with help from the Port of Friday Harbor, who also have been amazing. Marilyn O'Conner has done an amazing job with her crew in a very difficult situation. Again thank you from my family and my crew to this truly amazing Island community.
Port Meeting about Rebuilding Downriggers on Wednesday
08/19/13: There will be a Port of Friday Harbor meeting Wednesday, August 21 at 4:00pm at the Yacht Club. Debbie Rishel, owner of the fire damaged Downriggers Restaurant, is hoping that all her employees, friends and customers can attend if possible to urge the port to move ahead quickly and to build the building as it was with the existing businesses reopening.
Fire Destroys Downriggers Restaurant
San Juan Island Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire at 10 Front Street, a building with several businesses including the popular Downriggers Restaurant at 2:40 a.m. Saturday August 17th, 2013. Other businesses in that building include Friday Harbor Marine, Friday Harbor Yachts, San Juan Safaris and San Juan Excursions.
A scheduled BBQ at the San Juan County Fair on Saturday turned into a fundraiser for the employees who have found themselves without a job as a result of the fire. The dinner was originally planned as a fundraiser for the Purple and Gold donation fund. More info and photos on