South Whidbey Record


Whidbey Island Fair begins work on larger kitchen

October 27, 2012 · Updated 2:36 PM

Work on a commercial kitchen in the Coffman Building at the fairgrounds in Langley is expected to begin soon.

The Island County Commissioners last week unanimously agreed to hire Marysville-based Austin’s Custom Creations to do the work. Although a contract has yet to be drafted and signed, renovations of the existing kitchen are planned to begin sometime in mid-December.

The job is expected to wrap up in February.

“It’s exciting to be at this point,” said Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, who has been involved in the project.

State rules that allow some small businesses to use their homes for commercial purposes are set to change beginning next year. The idea behind the project is to provide an “incubation” space for those merchants so they can continue to operate while working toward creating their own commercial kitchens.

“It’s really an economic development project,” said Joantha Guthrie, project manager with Island County Public Works.

The $61,300 remodel is being funded mainly with $50,000 from the federal Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. It is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Island County is contributing an additional $25,000 of Real Estate Excise Tax money, which will cover the remainder of construction as well as design and project management.


Austin’s Custom Creations was selected as it provided the lowest quote from a pool of

11 solicited companies.



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