CWEDA website features property listings

Black Pearl building is among the available sites

The new Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association website includes listings of local buildings that are available to lease or purchase.

The goal is to provide information to companies considering locating in the C-W area.

Properties currently listed include the two-story, 12,000 square foot waterfront building at 56 S. First St., Washougal, that was originally designed to be the Black Pearl on the Columbia restaurant – near the Port of Camas-Washougal marina.

Other available properties include the former First Independent Bank building at 2411 S.E. Eighth Ave., Camas; suites and retail spaces in Washougal Town Square, 1700 Main St., Washougal; a former church at 4627 N.E. Everett St., Camas, as well as the former Sharp campus, 5750 N.W. Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas; and land zoned heavy industrial in the Steigerwald Commerce Center, at the Port of C-W Industrial Park, in Washougal.

The building that used to house Main Street Station, a coffee and ice cream shop, at 3151 Main St., is also available to lease or purchase.

CWEDA President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Dennis said the property search function enables interested parties to use their specific needs as search criteria and see properties available locally.

“This will be an excellent tool to begin conversations with potential businesses,” he said.

Local brokers and property owners are invited to add their commercial or industrial property information to the website, www.cweda.org, by requesting access through a link found on the properties page.

The new website was developed by ClearSight Studio, a web and mobile app development studio in Vancouver. The contract was for $14,500.

The site includes videos of Camas, Washougal and the port that were shot during the summer of 2013.

“We can explain how beautiful the area is, but the videos truly capture the magnificence of our scenery, abundance of outdoor activities and our welcoming outlook and optimism for new business and industry to thrive here,” said Port Commissioner and CWEDA Board member Mark Lampton.

The filming process involved a director and producer from Los Angeles and a crew from Portland. The producer, Anita Lugliani, had previously lived in Camas for 14 years.

The total video project cost, with IGO Films, was approximately $34,000.

The website includes a link to a CWEDA e-book app that was developed in partnership with Washington State University-Vancouver students, as a part of their senior seminar in the Digital Technology and Culture degree program. Five students produced the e-book, and CWEDA paid $2,000 per person toward their tuition.

The interactive program allows viewers to learn more about the area and businesses that have chosen to locate and grow in the C-W area.

CWEDA, created in 2011, is a partnership between the Port of C-W and the cities of Camas and Washougal to promote the entire area to potential business. The association can assist businesses with the permitting process, identify local, state and federal incentives and use regional partnerships to provide access to needed resources.

For more information, call 607-9816 or email paul.dennis@cweda.org.

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