Washougal incubator building nears completion

Signed Tenant at ‘1887 Main’ to be announced this month

Work on “1887 Main” is almost completed, in downtown Washougal. The two-story structure features retail and office spaces with Main Street frontage, as well as an elevator and private parking lot. A recently signed tenant is hoping to open for business May 1. Additional spaces are available to lease.

Signed Tenant at ‘1887 Main’ to be announced this month

A new building in downtown Washougal is expected to be ready for business in April.

“1887 Main,” a Lone Wolf Development project, is named after its address.

So far, there is one signed tenant for a 720-square-foot retail space on the first floor.

The name of the tenant will not be released until the end of this month.

“It could jeopardize their existing lease,” said Adam Taylor, a representative with Lone Wolf Development.

Additional retail spaces remain available, ranging from 420 square feet to 1,500 square feet.

Taylor said there are a number of interested potential tenants for the upstairs offices.

One of six office spaces is finished.

“We want local businesspeople,” Taylor said. “Maybe they already own a business, or it could be their first office or retail location. Maybe they work from home. They can test the Washougal market without making a huge commitment, and join us in our revitalization efforts.

“The sizes of the suites and the terms we are offering are ideal for small business owners,” he added.

The 1887 Main building includes an elevator, for ADA accessibility. A private parking lot for tenants includes a space for a carpool vehicle.

Solar panels will soon be installed on the roof, to capture sunlight and convert it into energy. The panels are expected to produce 10 percent of the building’s energy demand. It is the first commercial project in Washington for REC Solar, of Portland.

Taylor is expecting 1887 Main to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification. Another Lone Wolf Development building — Washougal Town Square — is certified silver. LEED standards certification is a national rating system for building with environmentally responsible materials, architecture or systems to save resources or consumption.

Taylor said the architect for 1887 Main, Works Partnership, and the contractor, R & H Construction, have been instrumental in the LEED process.

Both companies are located in Portland.

“The architect designed a very high performance building with a lot of sustainable features built in,” Taylor said.

He also credited Works Partnership for including high efficient systems, a lot of natural daylight and environmentally friendly finishes to the building.

Taylor said R & H Construction helped choose materials that are flexible, durable and good for maintenance. The construction company is also credited for tracking the LEED paperwork.

Meanwhile across the street from the “incubator” building, crews are demolishing the interior of the former AAA Pawn shop, at 1834 Main St. Taylor is hoping to announce the signing of an “exciting tenant” for that space, also this month.

For more information, contact Taylor, at 335-1945, or visit www.washougaltownsquare.com.

Technology group to meet at Washougal Town Square

Taylor and Port of Camas-Washougal Executive Director David Ripp will host the next meeting of “Technology Excellence in Clark County.”

It will be held Thursday, March 15, at Washougal Town Square, 1700 Main St., Ste. 230. Technology professionals are invited to network and enjoy sandwiches and sodas at 5:30 p.m. The cost will be $5 (cash) per person.

A presentation regarding what local leaders are doing to attract new tech businesses to the area will begin at 6, followed by a tour of Washougal Town Square and 1887 Main. Several community leaders are expected to be there to answer questions about the area’s economic development.

Additional networking opportunities will begin at 7 p.m., at Hearth Wood Oven Bistro, in Washougal Town Square, Ste. 110. A no-host bar will be available.

For more information, email ron.gompertz@hp.com. To RSVP, contact Gary Perman at 835-2205 or gary@permantech.com.