Clean up of PacifiCorps's Youngs Bay parcel would yield a stunning siteSuccess begets success. That is one lesson that may be drawn from Andrew Adams' article about the prospect of cleaning up a former Youngs Bay gas plant site.
This contaminated, brownfield site is owned by PacifiCorp. As Adams reported, the Environmental Protection Agency might well fund a portion of the site's clean up. Astoria has a good reputation with the EPA because of the nationally renowned decontamination of the Mill Pond, formerly home of the bankrupt Astoria Plywood Co-op at the east end of town.
In truth, it has taken years to generate interest in the Youngs Bay site at the top echelon of PacifiCorp. Some 15 years ago, Pacific Power's North Coast manager Dan Hitchcock promoted the idea of cleaning up and redeveloping the Youngs Bay parcel and got nowhere. Part of the new interest within the Portland-based utility stems from the national visibility of the Mill Pond project. Astoria has positioned itself as a city that follows through, that makes things happen.
As Dan Hitchcock understood, the Youngs Bay parcel is a breathtaking setting. Like the Mill Pond and the Riverfront Walk, this will be another bold reconnection with the water border that makes Astoria special.