HARBOR BUSINESS MARKETS HIGH-TECH CENTER
November 03, 2000 11:00 pm

Developers of a proposed technology center in the Brookings-Harbor area are trying to attract businesses outside the county by promoting it on the Internet.

Don and Cherie Mitchell, owners of Flora Pacifica, put up 3.5 acres of land they own on south Oceanview Drive to be developed as a technology center.

Don Mitchell sees the tech center providing family wage jobs in a community that has been hit hard by the loss of jobs in both the timber and fishing industries.

He is supported by the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, which has been striving to bring new businesses to the area.

Chamber Executive Director Les Cohen said, It was not until the Mitchells stepped forward with this parcel of land with access on Highway 101 that the possibility of a tech center began to gain momentum.

The Mitchells are promoting the tech center on a Web site: http://www.brookingstechcenter.com

On the site, Mitchell explains how the tech center will be designed to meet the needs of start-up companies and small, computer-related businesses that want to leave the big city behind for the beauty of the Oregon Coast.

Mitchell boasts about the propertys pleasant view across lily fields to the Pacific Ocean and Brookings climate and beauty.

He also describes the the many outdoor activities available in the area, including hiking, beachcombing and the Salmon Run golf course.

The Mitchells are no strangers to the Internet. They use the Internet extensively to market their floral displays throughout the United States.

As for establishing the high-tech infrastructure needed for the tech center, Mitchell said, We have been assured by Verizon that high quality data transmission lines will be available to the site.

In addition, the local electrical cooperative has expressed a willingness to supply power needs that are among the lowest in the nation.

He said Charter Cable has fiber optic cable that passes by the lot and is available for Internet use. UPS and Federal Express pickup are available on site and three-phase electrical power is available, he added.

We are considering some features with the future in mind, Mitchell said.

Those features include equipment that reduces energy costs, energy energy efficient lighting, solar power and an advanced system for waste water treatment and possible recirculation of secondary water for flushing toilets and watering the landscape.

Several local computer-based companies have expressed serious interest in moving into the new facility if it is built, Mitchell said.

Construction can start as soon as potential tenants have been identified and agreements are signed, he said.

As currently planned, the building, when fully developed, would be about 50,000 square feet with parking space for 200 cars. The first phase of construction would be about 24,000 square feet and would include the core facilities with flexible office and work space.

Depending on amenities required by the businesses, rent is expected to be under $2 per square foot.