Bingen rehab project involves Clark County businesses

first_imgFive Clark County construction subcontractors are taking part in an unusual rehabilitation and construction project unfolding in Bingen.From roofs to drywall to flooring, the subs are taking part in transforming a Civilian Conservation Corps-era structure and new surrounding buildings into a destination resort in the Columbia River Gorge community.When completed, likely in May, The Society Hotel-Bingen will feature a hotel, cabins, bathhouse and spa, and a structure called The Sanctuary, which promotional materials say is a “unique subterranean building that can be reserved for retreats or other groups of travelers for personal use, yoga, team-building retreats and wellness. It’s flooded with natural light through a cupola and large, south-facing glass doors.”Suffice it to say, Bingen, the Klickitat County town of fewer than 1,000 residents that is a magnet for out-of-town kite boarders, windsurfers, mountain bikers and hikers, has not seen another structure like this. Same could be said for the rest of the Gorge.“Definitely a neat project,” said Richard Ammons, co-owner with his brother Casey Ammons of RC Pro-roof LLC in Yacolt. “It’s got that modern vintage appeal to it.”The Portland-based developers purchased the former Bingen schoolhouse and gymnasium and two city blocks in spring 2017 for $1.5 million, one of the first steps in developing the $9 million project. About 20 investors are participating, including one from Washougal who declined to be identified.last_img