County says View Point Inn owners must address issues before county will grant permits to reopen inn as restaurant/overnight destination.

Action: During a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 4, Multnomah County land-use staff recommended that the owners of Corbett's View Point Inn address three issues before a hearings officer grants a conditional-use permit allowing the inn's owners to reopen the historic building as a 125-seat restaurant and five-suite inn.

About 90 supporters turned out Tuesday, Oct. 3, with about 60 returning Wednesday, Oct. 4, because the original conference room wasn't big enough to accommodate such a crowd.

Why it matters to you: The View Point Inn, an 82-year-old building with jaw-dropping views of the Columbia River Gorge, will be preserved as a historic structure while providing an upscale dining experience in Corbett, an area with few eateries.

In addition, View Point Inn owners Geoff Thompson and Angelo Simione were pivotal in the Columbia River Gorge Commission's November 2005 decision allowing commercial use of buildings eligible for the National Register of Historic Places within the protected Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The View Point Inn is one of four buildings in the gorge on the register and is the first applicant under the gorge commission's new management plan.

Next steps: The inn's owners must address issues related to parking, on-site waste and sewage disposal, and historic preservation. The hearings officer is expected to decide whether to grant the conditional-use permit by Wednesday, Nov. 8. Then the city of Gresham must issue building permits needed for the owners to remodel the inn, which they hope to have open by Thanksgiving.

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