Seaport to consider firms for Landing plan

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority board of directors will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m to consider the planning committee’s recommendation for the firm that will create a master plan for Seaport Landing, Capt. Les Bolton, executive director said Friday.

The firm was chosen out of a possible 23 companies that responded in mid-April to the initial request for “statements of qualifications” to create the master plan for the port.

The landing, a former sawmill, was donated to the authority by Weyerhaeuser on March 29. It is part of a parcel of 24 acres. The site also includes 15 acres of waterfront property being leased from the state Department of Natural Resources, bringing the total to 38 acres.

Valued at $2.34 million, the site consists of the pier, dock, buildings and infrastructure across from the Rotary Log Pavillion.

It will be home port to the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain “who are coming home (to this port) for the first time” on July 3, Bolton said. The site is also slated to house a museuem.

After 10 firms were qualified, the board authorized the committee to interview three companies and one, in particular, clearly stood out, he said.

Bolton declined to identify the firm, saying “come Tuesday and find out.”

The board will now vote on whether the planning committee can proceed to negotiate. After the offer is made, the board will then vote to confirm the hire, probably at the regular meeting of the board on June 25.

Asked if it could be June 18 or earlier, Bolton said, “I am always overly optimistic” and says he is excited for the hire to happen as soon as possible because they want to get moving on the plan for the landing.

The public is welcome at the meeting, which will be held at the landing at 500 N. Custer St.

The authority also invites the public to continue to help clean and prepare the landing every Saturday in June for the arrival July 3 of the two ships. Volunteer work parties are to report to the landing to work from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Roxie Underwood at 800-200-5239 or