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It’s official! McMenamins inks deal to build hotel / brewpub at Port of Kalama

McMenamins Inc. has signed a lease to develop a brewpub and hotel on the Port of Kalama waterfront. The Port of Kalama board of commissioners approved the lease at this week’s regular commission meeting. The new facility is expected to be open for business by the end of 2017.

The new McMenamins destination will include a 40-room hotel, meeting rooms, gift shop, restaurant, brewery, and rooftop brewpub with river view as well as a smaller 500- square-foot pub a short walk away at the Port of Kalama’s Ahles Point.

“This is happy news for Kalama and the entire region as we expect this new establishment to bring jobs and tourism to area,” says Alan Basso, president, Port of Kalama board of commissioners. “This McMenamins location—at a breathtaking spot right on the Columbia River—offers a new destination for travelers and tourists who may have never stopped in Kalama before. We expect an economic boon for the entire community.”

With a long history of reimagining interesting spaces, McMenamins will incorporate Kalama’s Hawaiian heritage into the design of its buildings, which will be modeled after the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui. Similar architecture can also be found today in Kalama in an 1870s structure that was the Northern Pacific Railway’s hospital. John Kalama, originally of Kula, Maui, lived in the area as an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Kalama River and the city both bear his name. Descendants of John Kalama are members of the Nisqually and Warm Springs Tribes.

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Architectural planning will commence immediately by the same firm that designed the Port’s new administrative building and interpretive center, Collins Architectural Services. After the design is complete, the Port of Kalama will construct the building shell and exterior, parking area and landscaping, and rough-in electrical and mechanical features of the building. McMenamins will design and construct all interior components of the facilities.

One of McMenamins’ signature trademarks is the incorporation of a love for historic buildings and artwork in their establishments. Several McMenamins businesses are long-storied structures on the National Historic Register with paintings, murals and artwork as focal points. The McMenamins Kalama facility will honor the town’s roots with unique architecture and visual touches.

A small town with a rich history, just a 30-minute drive from Portland and its international airport (PDX), Kalama is attracting business attention for good reason:

  • Location, location, location
  • Easy access to Interstate-5, rail, river
  • Booming business community
  • New commercially-zoned property under development
  • Quality recreation
  • Friendly small-town appeal
  • Collaborative, business-friendly culture


The small pub a short walk from the main hotel/brewpub.

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Port of Kalama awards marina parkway enhancement project to firm employing environmentally-friendly practices

The Port of Kalama board of commissioners has awarded the Marine Drive Trail Improvement Project to P. R. Worth, Inc., a Kelso-based civil site work development contractor serving the Pacific Northwest. The project commences the week of March 14 to enhance pathways, landscaping and beautify the Port’s riverfront marina parkway. It is expected to run through mid-summer as the contract has provisions that allow construction to be suspended during the peak spring fishing season when the boat launch and parking are heavily used.

P.R. Worth utilizes best practices and equipment to ensure their projects are environmentally sound.

“We are very conscientious that this project is adjacent to the Columbia River and Port marina area so as a proactive measure we are using 100% water soluble biodegradable hydraulic fluid in our equipment—completely carbon and oil free to fully protect the environment and waterways,” says Preston Worth, President, P. R. Worth, Inc.

Worth adds that in an effort to reduce any carbon footprint associated with the project he commits to buying all products within 100 miles of the Port of Kalama. All subcontractors on the project have been hired locally as well.

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The marina boardwalk and the pathways to the south of the Port administration building into the park will be open to visitors during construction. Some pathways will be obstructed at the north end of Marine Drive while landscaping and improvements take place though detours will be well-marked. Visitors will still have access to Marine and Rasmussen parks and parking facilities.

Cowlitz County awarded the Port of Kalama a $30,000 grant for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement Project.  The grant enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation along West Marine Drive. The improvements are part of the Port’s mission to enhance recreational opportunities and are expected to be completed by mid-summer.

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DEIS is more pages than the Encyclopedia?

Yes, the just released Draft EIS for the Proposed Methanol Facility clocks at in at more than 1,000 pages. The printed version is more than 4 inches thick!

So while the port won’t be printing a lot of copies, we do want to make it easy for the public to access and review the DEIS.

Printed copies are available for review at:

  • Port of Kalama Administrative Office, 110 West Marine Drive, Kalama
  • Cowlitz County Department of Building and Planning, 207 4th Avenue N., Kelso
  • Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview
  • Kelso Public Library, 351 Three Rivers Road, Kelso


The document is also available online at:

The public comment period began March 3 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on April 18, 2016. A public hearing will be held on March 22, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Kalama High School Gymnasium, 548 China Garden Road, Kalama.

The DEIS study was done by expert consultants and covers many issues. The document is organized by 15 chapters and includes 16 appendices. Some of the chapters are long – the Air Quality chapter is 81 pages, for example, and the Risk Assessment chapter is 63 pages.

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