Port Angeles waterfront development ‘idea’ would have mix of retail, condos

PORT ANGELES – Construction could begin as early as this summer for a mixed residential and retail development at Oak and Front streets that would include two acres of underground parking.

Details of the proposed waterfront development – called Black Diamond Harbor Plaza – include 18,000 square feet of retail space, a restaurant, 130,000 square feet of condominiums and underground parking for 260 cars.

Construction would include digging a large hole for the underground parking lot and carting off as many as 1,000 truckloads of dirt.

A conceptual drawing of the proposal was unveiled at the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday.

Dan Gase, president of Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty, spoke about the plans for the 1.9-acre waterfront property after being asked for an update.

European developer Harry Dorssers bought the property from the Port of Port Angeles in September 2006 for $797,000.

Adjoining the property are another two acres available for lease from the state Department of Natural Resources.

Gase is acting as the local representative for Dorssers, who lives overseas with his wife, Dina.

“It’s just concept sketches, but it gives a little bit of an idea,” Gase said later about the drawings revealed at the chamber luncheon.

He doesn’t know yet what kind of retail would be in the development, but he envisions a mix of local and national chains, Gase said.

Market studies would determine the mix of condominium sizes and prices, but they probably would range from 650 square feet to 2,000 square feet, he said.

“One of the real trends in the Northwest is smaller units as weekend getaways,” Gase said.

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