The project will move upriver by less than 1000 feet, which will allow the Foundation to own the property used for parking and ship access, increase the benefits to Chinook Landing Marine Park and surrounding public investment, open additional water access within the City of Fairview and site the ship in a beautiful location with increased access potential.
“The generous donation made by Columbia Edgewater, LLC substantiates the work of the Foundation taking the project to a new level and solidifies the siting of the carrier on the Columbia. This donation supports the Foundation’s efforts to gain momentum and regional partners for this project as a part of Phase 2 of the Navy application currently in process,” stated Peter Ogle, Capt USN (ret), President and CEO of the USS Ranger Foundation.
“This project has many interesting challenges, all of which the Foundation has met head-on and the list gets shorter every day. With a project of this magnitude it’s important to recognize the collaboration and support the Foundation receives on a daily basis.”
“There are few projects that see such unwavering support and can do the region immeasurable good. We have seen incredible support from not only the City of Fairview and the surrounding cities, Multnomah County, Metro, the State of Oregon and our federal Congressional delegates, but from those in Washington State as well,” Lonnie Dicus, Senior Advisor to the Foundation.
Studies show that Ranger will bring 350,000 visitors a year to the ship and close to 50 million dollars a year into the community with over 500 direct and indirect jobs.
Columbia Edgewater, LLC was formed to redevelop industrial property along the Columbia River into a mix of residential and commercial uses in support of the USS Ranger and to create long sought after public access to the river.
The Foundation is in the midst of a capital campaign, plus increasing volunteer support for the project.