October 11, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 41

Ocean Beauty to place container bunkhouses

The Petersburg Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Ocean Beauty Seafoods to place container bunkhouses at the site of the old bunkhouse at 15 Harbor Way Tuesday evening during their regular meeting.

“The purpose of this move is for the bunkhouses to be more convenient for our workers,” Ocean Beauty Plant Manager Cheryl Romeo said. “They will be closer to work and closer to town, which will be good for the City as well.”

Six, 8 by 40-foot container buildings will take the place of the old building. One of the questions the commission had for Romeo was what are these buildings going to look like?

“We are taking a lot of time with the design of these containers,” Romeo said. “We want them to add to the beauty of downtown, not take away from it.”

Jensen, Yorba and Lott have given Romeo and the Ocean Beauty administration a couple of choices for aesthetic value.

“We only have six units at this time,” Romeo said. “We will have a large roof over four of the units and a temporary smaller roof over two others.”

According to Romeo, when the remaining two containers are purchased, the smaller roof will be removed and a larger one will replace it and it will appear as if it is one large building.

“As soon as we have the permit we can begin demolition of the old bunkhouse,” Romeo explained. “We are hoping to have new pilings and a deck in this year.”

Conditions to this permit were the main source of debate for this action.

“My main concern is the looks of this,” Commission Vice Chair Ronn Buschmann said. “I would like for this to look like a permanent building.”

Buschmann also explained that he would like to see band boards covering the horizontal division between the containers and the forklift holes covered.

During the September 11 meeting, Romeo stated that the intentions for the containers were to make them as attractive as possible and possibly even add rosemaling to the outside.

“These containers and the additions will fit directly where the bunkhouse sits now,” Romeo stated. “We will not be changing the fingerprint of the area at all with this change.”

The commission unanimously voted to approve the conditional use permit for Ocean Beauty.

After the decision, Romeo reacted with a yell of approval. “This has been a long process,” she said. “We are now looking forward to getting the work done.”

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