Mark Hollander, the developer trying to bring a Marriott Hotel to Astoria, has purchased the former Stephanie’s Cabin.
Hollander Properties LLC purchased the property at 12 W. Marine Drive for $1 million from Goin Fishin’ LLC, the parent company of Stephanie’s Cabin, the restaurant run by Stephanie Dunagan since 2000. The deal was recorded with Clatsop County’s Assessment and Taxation Department last week.
Stephanie’s Cabin closed late last year without much explanation besides a handwritten note on the door from a manager announcing the restaurant would be closed until further notice. Neither Dunagan nor Hollander have responded to requests for comment.
Hollander bought The Ship Inn last spring from Jill Stokeld for $545,000, signing a lease with her to operate the restaurant for at least one more year. He now owns most of the block between First and Second streets along the Astoria Riverwalk, except for Josephson’s Smokehouse and an adjacent 76 gas station owned by Don Small of Auburn, Washington.
Mike Josephson said he has not been contacted by Hollander about acquiring Josephson’s Smokehouse. Kizzie Adams, a manager of the 76 gas station, told Clatsop Current News there is no plan to sell or demolish the location.
On the riverfront side of Hollander’s properties is the boiler from the former White Star Cannery, which was designated historic in 2015 by city’s Historic Landmarks Commission. The city has limited development around the boiler to the height of the riverbank. Any development must consider the historic nature of the boiler and nearby piling field and ballast rock, and must be approved by the Historic Landmarks Commission.
The city has yet to finish the Urban Core section of the Riverfront Vision Plan, which would govern development along the Astoria waterfront between Second and 16th streets.
Hollander leased a 1.5-acre strip of land between the Red Building and the Maritime Memorial from the Port of Astoria to study the feasibility of building a Marriott Hotel, after a failed bid to take over operation of the Astoria Riverwalk Inn. Port Executive Director Jim Knight said Hollander is still trying to develop the leased land.