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New Seasons' vision shown at WCBA annual meeting

At its Annual Meeting on February 25th at Reed College, members and guests of the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) got their first look how the planned new Woodstock New Seasons Market will look.

After attendees served themselves dinner, LRS Architects Principal Stephen R. Mihelam gave a presentation, illustrated by architectural drawings, of the new tri-level 5,000 square foot grocery store, to be constructed on the southeast corner of S.E. 45th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.

“There will be underground parking for 56 cars,” Mihelam explained. The street-level store will offer covered bike parking; and there will be additional rooftop features, including a deck with a semi-enclosed dining area for customers and offices for store personnel.

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Outgoing WCBA President Damon Philpot calls for creating a signature event for the Woodstock area. Philpot remains on the Board. New Seasons’ Director of Development, Don Forest, followed by taking questions from WCBA members. One of the top concerns expressed concerned parking – both for employees and customers.

“We’re planning to work with the community to solve any parking issues that come up,” Forest promised.

Outgoing WCBA President Damon Philpot, until recently with US Bank, wrapped up his year at the helm of the organization: “We’re trying to increase membership. And, we're looking to create a ‘signature event’ for the Woodstock area. I think we have a really great opportunity, working with many of our local businesses, to do this.”

Philpot urged members to recruit volunteers – be they members or not – to get more involved in the community. “It just takes people. And, it is for the good of everybody; it won't be wasting your time.”

WCBA Board Member Gene Dieringer, of Dieringer’s Properties, quipped, “Volunteering is good, it’s even better to have volunteers and new association members!”

With that, Dieringer proposed a successful motion that all then-current Board members be re-elected for the new year. After that, Gretchen Echintopf of Otto’s Sausage Kitchen – one of the founders of the WCBA many years ago – was nominated to the Board, and was elected.

The Board as re-elected at the General Meeting at Reed College included:

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  • Damon Philpot, consultant

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  • Renee Mako, Woodstock Animal Hospital

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  • Eric Norberg, THE BEE newspaper

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  • Anita Carly, Pace Setter Athletic

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  • Cory Hansen, City Sanitary Service

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  • Gene Dieringer, Dieringer's Properties

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  • Gretchen Eichentopf, Otto's Sausage Kitchen

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  • Kevin Myers, Reed College

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  • Art Gallego, Safeway

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  • Carol Uhte, Woodstock Branch Library

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  • Terry Griffiths, or Becky Luening, or Elisa Edgington, Woodstock Neighborhood Assn. Liaison (per the WCBA bylaws, there is one permanent seat on the WCBA Board for a representative from the Woodstock Neighborhood)

    Then, at the March 11 Board meeting, the 2014 WCBA officers were elected by the Board:

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  • President -- Ann Sanderson, Odango Hair Salon

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  • Treasurer -- Rene Mako, Woodstock Animal Hospital

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  • Secretary -- Eric Norberg, THE BEE newspaper

    The Vice President office remained unfilled at this meeting. The WCBA meets again on April 8th at 9:30 a.m. at Woodstock Library, 6008 S.E. 49th Avenue, on the corner of Woodstock Boulevard. Go online for more information: http://www.woodstockbiz.com/.