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CollinsWoerman prides itself on having one of the most varied set of specialties in the Northwest, which should come in handy in a market where synergy is key. More and more clients want mixed-use projects that integrate residential construction with retail, commercial and hospitality, said partner Mark Woerman.
“Clearly, one of the trends that’s emerging out there is the mixed-use integrated project model,” said Woerman. “I don’t think there’s anything on the horizon that will diminish the value of (that).”
Big doings in Wenatchee
For the last nine months, CollinsWoerman has been working on just such a project in Wenatchee. The 13.5-acre development on the Columbia River will include residential, retail and commercial as well as a permanent home for the Wenatchee farmers market.
“This will be a project that will reshape the riverfront district,” Woerman said.
One of the firm’s biggest challenges right now is getting projects through the permitting process in a timely manner. “In almost any jurisdiction in Puget Sound, (it) remains a challenge,” he said.
It’s especially difficult right now, he said, because there is so much development activity and permitting staffs are maxed out.
“It’s never easy and it always takes more time than our clients want to invest,” he said.
Construction cost escalation is contributing to that anxiety, Woerman said.
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