Port of Astoria and City of Astoria Finalize Waterfront Master Plan
The Port of Astoria Waterfront Master Plan is the first step of a joint effort by the Port and the City of Astoria to develop a swath of underutilized waterfront on Port property, between Pier 1 and the Astoria-Megler Bridge (see map). In July of 2021, the City contracted with Walker Macy, a landscape architecture firm out of Portland, to develop the plan in collaboration with the City and the Port, along with a Project Advisory Committee. Throughout the planning and design process, Walker Macy held several community meetings via Zoom to gather input and feedback from stakeholders and community members.
The final Waterfront Master Plan was presented to the Port and City commissions in the spring of 2022 to unanimous approval. Highlights of the plan include:
• Improved lighting and wayfinding signage along the Riverwalk Trail
• An improved system of waterfront pedestrian circulation along the piers and mooring basin
• A new hotel replacing the existing Astoria Riverwalk Hotel, built on land and oriented to minimize obstruction of public view corridors
• The Market Hall, a social and commercial hub of locals, waterfront workers, and visitors
• The Fishing Village, a collection of buildings that are an extension of the West Mooring Basin including a fresh-caught seafood market
• Two mixed-use buildings for businesses that support the working waterfront industry and commerce
The City of Astoria has since contracted with consultant firm Walker Macy to focus on horizontal development, including changes to zoning and public infrastructure. Regular updates will be made to the public as progress is made to implement the plan's vision.