Port of Port Angeles finally sells Oak Street property

PORT ANGELES — It’s official: European developer Harry Dorssers gave a check to Clallam Title Co. on Thursday afternoon on behalf of his company, Monte Mare LLC, to complete his purchase of the Port’s waterfront Oak Street property.

The property at the corner of Front and Oak streets includes the 1.9 acres sold by the Port and another two acres available for lease from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The sale culminates a 20 year effort to sell the property that included moving the harbor line so the property sat in a commercial area rather an industrial one and a land swap that created a rectangular parcel.

“This is it,” said Port industrial development and properties manager Pat Deja on Thursday afternoon.

“Dorssers gave the check to the title company and then the title company gave a check to us. Now he’s got a year,” to apply for a building permit Deja said.

The check’s exact total was $797,113.19.

According to the purchase and sale agreement signed in March, Dorrsers has one year after obtaining title to apply for a building permit for the intended use or his money will be refunded and the property’s title will revert to the Port.

Dorssers intends to build a mixed residential, retail and recreational development. Despite earlier plans for an aquatics center, later designs included only a residents-only spa or similar facility.

Deja said Dorssers appears ready to go, having already met with officials from the city, Department of Natural Resources and others.

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