Port to hear container development concept at March 23 port meeting

Port of Ridgefield Could a development comprised primarily of previously-used containers be a viable option for business incubator space in Ridgefield? Alan Malone, a Ridgefield resident, thinks the idea should be considered. Malone, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel whose second career was as a certified planner for the Portland firm of Mead & Hunt, has seen such a development, and will discuss the idea at the Port of Ridgefield’s next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 23 at 3pm.

Although now fully retired, Malone was in Las Vegas with a friend awhile ago, looking around Las Vegas at urban planning ideas that helped revitalize that Nevada city. Malone’s friend took him to the Downtown Container Park, a fully-developed park used for retail incubator space.

“I was so excited I’ve been talking about it since,” Malone said. He presented the concept to the Ridgefield Main Street Program about a year ago.

According to information provided by Malone, the Las Vegas Downtown Container Park is built on 1.3 acres on a site that was formerly a three-story hotel in an area of the downtown designated as blighted. The park utilized 45 used shipping containers and 45 Xtreme Cubes – Xtreme Manufacturing’s line of multi-functioning construction cubes – which can be configured into any possible portable structure. The Las Vegas Downtown Container Park houses 26 small retail spaces, six restaurants and five specialty eateries.

Malone will deliver his container park presentation to the port commission and guests during the Innovation Report/Partner Presentation segment of the meeting, organized by the port’s Vice President, Innovation, Nelson Holmberg.

Holmberg introduced the Partner Presentations program at the port last December as a means of introducing new concepts to the port commission. The presentations will be scheduled for the port’s second monthly commission meeting, held the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The March 23 port commission meeting begins at 3 p.m., and will be held at the port offices at 111 W. Division St. in Ridgefield.

For more information about the Port of Ridgefield’s Partner Presentation program, contact Holmberg by email NHolmberg@portridgefield.org or call (360) 887-3873.

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