By Kurt Madar

Pilot staff writer

The Port of Brookings Harbor's dormant retail building will be getting a facelift today (Sept. 6) thanks to the help of the community.

Kerr's Ace Hardware, Curry County Home Builderers Association, U.S. Borax Inc. and the Kite Flyers Association have all donated either time, money or supplies for painting the port's retail complex started in 2004.

andquot;We feel like its important to support the community,andquot; said Steve Kerr of Kerr's Ace Hardware. andquot;We donated enough paint and caulk to do the whole building.andquot;

Known by some as the andquot;gray ghostandquot; for its color and the fact that the building has been vacant and unfinished since Port Executive Director Russ Crabtree left in 2005, the building will soon be a combination of greens.

andquot;The main body is going to be Treasure Island Green,andquot; said Port Commissioner Ted Freeman. andquot;The trim is going to be Sherwood Forest Green.andquot;

According to Freeman the work is going to be done predominately by volunteers from Curry County Home Builders Association.

andquot;Its been too many winters exposed,andquot; said Home Builders Association Treasurer Dave Frazier. andquot;Tomorrow the association will be there. We always need more volunteers.andquot;

Food and refreshments for the painting effort are being provided free by the Brookings Kite Flyers Association.

andquot;This wouldn't have been possible without the community,andquot; Freeman said.

The retail building has stood unfinished since 2005. The building still needs flooring, heating, air conditioning, drywall work, carpet, electrical systems and, on the outside, paint and landscaping.

andquot;The community has seen that building vacant for a long time - so the community has decided to do something about it,andquot; said Harbor resident Bill Yocum.

The money that is being used to help pay for painting the building came from a variety of sources.

U.S. Borax donated $1,000 to the project.

According to Freeman, the port is using funds from Ocean Fest and the July 4 barbecue to cover everything that wasn't donated.

andquot;If funds are left over we are going to get some gutters,andquot; Freeman said.

People interested in volunteering time over the weekend to help with the building's facelift can either show up and ask for Frazier or can call him at (541) 661-0254.