Waterfront possibilities

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Looking south from Camas and Washougal toward the Columbia River and the prime waterfront property that was the former Hambleton Lumber Company site, the possibilities seem almost endless.

This stretch of naturally beautiful land that has been the focus of controversy in the past, now with proper planning and public input could be destined to become something very special in this community. It certainly has the potential to help put the Camas-Washougal area on the map — in conjunction with the many other positive happenings going on here in the economic development arena.

The possibilities mentioned so far during the ongoing public planning process include commercial/mixed use options, restaurants and retail stores, a residential component, as well as walking and bicycling trails.

As detailed in an article available online at, Killian-Pacific holds an option to purchase the former mill property at 335 S. “A” St., Washougal. The Washougal City Council approved a development agreement March 19 for the property owned by Hambleton Brothers Lumber Co., Inc. The agreement vests the development site to current uses, regulations and standards for the purposes of planning and permitting a future development project.

With those agreements in place, what becomes of this land will ultimately be determined by developers and demand. However, the community and our elected leaders should continue to stand firm about keeping in place public access to this local gem and to maintaining and enhancing its natural beauty.

A multi-use plan is what will truly make this site a success for developers and the community.