Greenbank Farm works on warmer barn

It will be a little warmer during events at Greenbank Farm this winter.

The Port of Coupeville recently spent more than $3,700 to repair the heaters in the farm’s Barn A, which is home to numerous events such as the holiday market on the weekends. It is one of two projects to improve the publicly-owned facility.

Greenbank Farm Manager Judy Feldman said only three of the eight heating units in the room were functioning.

“The barn was cold,” she said. “We had to get some heat in there.”

The port paid Oak Harbor-based Marshal Electric to complete the work.

Feldman said the work on the barn’s heaters was completed in time for the weekend holiday market.

Even with the functioning heaters in the barn, warmth still remains an issue.

The barn is uninsulated and the floor is made of concrete slab. Any renovation plans have to consider the historic features of the barn.

The Port of Coupeville is also spending almost $8,458 to renovate the restrooms in the barn to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To bring the restrooms up to compliance, Port of Coupeville Executive Director Tim McDonald said existing partitions must be removed and replaced, and plumbing repaired.

He said the biggest challenge is to configure the restrooms to accommodate wheelchairs.

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