‘Rediscover the Falls’ centers on Blue Heron

A plan to refurbish the Blue Heron Paper plant -- bankrupt since 2011 -- could help revitalize all of Oregon City, supporters said. (July 27, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
A plan to refurbish the Blue Heron Paper plant -- bankrupt since 2011 -- could help revitalize all of Oregon City, supporters said. (July 27, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — With spectacular views of the Willamette Falls and a half-mile of waterfront, the Blue Heron Paper Company played a vital role in the history of Oregon City.

A plan to refurbish the Blue Heron Paper plant -- bankrupt since 2011 -- could help revitalize all of Oregon City, supporters said. (July 27, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
A plan to refurbish the Blue Heron Paper plant — bankrupt since 2011 — could help revitalize all of Oregon City, supporters said. (July 27, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

Though the company went bankrupt in 2011 and left a big void, the facility could once again play a large role in the city’s future.

On Saturday the process began to redevelop the site. Both Clackamas County and the state of Oregon want the public to weigh in with their ideas on what should go there.

Supporters say the redevelopment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and over the next nine months there will be public forums and open houses for ideas and discussions.

The project’s website, Rediscover the Falls, states: “With a dynamic location and remarkable history, this former paper mill site could someday serve as an economic engine, a waterfront destination, a unique habitat, a window into Oregon’s past – and a bold step into our future.”

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