Business developments chug ahead in Cascade Locks

DAVE RUSSEL with Renewal Workshop in Cascade Locks demonstrates the photo studio he uses to capture images of re-branded, repurposed clothing. The photos are destined for promotions and digital catalogs. Renewal Workshop has been expanding, amid other commercial developments in town.

Photo by Patrick Mulvihill
DAVE RUSSEL with Renewal Workshop in Cascade Locks demonstrates the photo studio he uses to capture images of re-branded, repurposed clothing. The photos are destined for promotions and digital catalogs. Renewal Workshop has been expanding, amid other commercial developments in town.



A handful of business and industrial developments have pushed forward in Cascade Locks.

The Port of Cascade Locks decided on Jan. 15 to enter agreements to sell Jumpin’ Jax Java owner Jackson Vanderpool the property at 651 NW WaNaPa he currently leases. Vanderpool will buy the property for $100,500, via the agreement.

The drive-through coffee stand will probably keep that role. Port General Manager Paul Koch said Vanderpool did not indicate plans for expansion or substantial changes to the property upon purchasing the land.

The lease was temporary, Koch explained, and it was expected that Vanderpool would eventually buy the property.

The Port Commission also planned a land swap with the City of Cascade Locks that involves tearing down the “Gray Building” on Herman Creek Lane to make way for a small, port-owned industrial lot on a future access road along Hood River Sand and Gravel’s property — expanding the port’s total supply of industrial space.

In exchange, the city would take ownership of the area directly south of the city well-field as a “no-develop zone.” The city has eyed that spot for a potential municipal well expansion.

The Gray Building — an old home that has sat on port property for years — will be demolished, a $5,000 cost shared by the two government entities.

The port has been developing Herman Creek Lane as a second business complex, similar to the riverside Business Park to the east. On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Port Commission will consider adopting a strategy for construction of a second industrial flex building on that street.

The Renewal Workshop and Hytorc operate in light industrial buildings at the end of the lane. Renewal Workshop, a clothing renewal factory, kicked off operations last summer and has since grown.

The startup employs nine people — up from five originally — and plans to grow to 25 employees in two years. It has raised $1 million, and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign raised another $57,000 and resulted in more than 400 initial customers, according to a January news release.

Funding for the 7,500-square-foot manufacturing facility was a partnership between owners Nicole Basset and Jeff Denby; Oregon BEST, a nonprofit that supports clean up startups; and the Oregon Manufacturers Extension Partnership (OMEP).

“I’ve always been very interested in the vision of a circular economy and cradle-to-cradle manufacturing, and what that might look like for the apparel industry,” Bassett said in a written statement.

“So our big goal is to help apparel brands participate in a more circular economy, instead of a linear one, where broken products go into the garbage. And I strongly believe that we will be very successful.”

The company plans to launch an online sales platform within the next few weeks, Bassett said.

On WaNaPa, upcoming changes are Thunder Island Brewing Co.’s relocation next to Jumpin’ Jax Java and a proposed development by Ravenwood Group. Thunder Island purchased the property from the port in November.

The company expects to open their new location in spring 2018, pending design plan approval from the city. Ravenwood, a Portland construction company, entered early plans to buy vacant port property across from East Winds Drive-In to make way for a combined townhouse and retail space.



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