Citizens see Moore-Clark building dangers


March 13, 2024

a deteriorating wooden warehouse building is surrounded by cyclone fence

Ken Stern

STILL DETERIORATING - The Moore-Clark warehouse is surrounded by temporary fencing in this 2022 file photo, but La Conner and Shelter Bay residents are concerned by the possible threats the building poses.

Earth, wind and fire. It's not just a famous 1970s soul band.

The three elements also represent threats to the vacant and dilapidated Moore-Clark warehouse and areas around the former industrial hub, a landmark on the La Conner waterfront since 1898.

Residents wary of the building's vulnerabilities shared their concerns with the Town Emergency Management Commission during its March 5 meeting at Maple Hall.

"I think of Lahaina," Lori Wise, who has a background in real estate development, said of the devastating 2023 Hawaiian fire that destroyed the historic Maui town and claimed more than 10...

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