Shen Consulting talks former Ole & Charlie’s site near Port of Tacoma

Landscape changing around former Ole & Charlie’s site near Port of Tacoma 

Story by John Gillie
September 13, 2012 – The News Tribune

Almost a year after longtime Marine View Drive marina Ole & Charlie’s called it quits, the landscape around the marina is evolving to a new purpose.

The land side of the former Ole & Charlie’s Marina as 4224 Marine View Drive has been cleaned up by its owner, the Port of Tacoma, and the marina’s docks now stand vacant.

The port is due to transfer its piece of the former marina to the Puyallup Tribe later this month in a long-pending land swap. The tribe had acquired half the former marina site in the 1988 Puyallup Land Claims Settlement, and the port had bought the other half for $7.2 million.

The port will receive land closer to the heart of its shipping activities on the Blair Waterway in exchange for its part of the Ole & Charlie’s site.

Meanwhile, on the north side of the former boat haven, the tribe is restoring an intertidal wetland on a site that until recently was choked with non-native plants and debris.

That site and another just north of the Hylebos Bridge on East 11th Street are being rehabilitated under a tribal contract.

Wade Perrow Construction Co. has already cleaned up and regraded the wetland site adjacent to the former marina. Coconut fiber mats have been staked to the gently sloping beach land, and native plants are being planted in the 1-acre tidal lagoon.

That lagoon fills with water at high tide and drains of water when the tide goes out.

Large logs and tree stumps have already been secured to the site to provide habitat for fish and other creatures, said Glenn Chouinard, project manager for Shen Consulting of Seattle.

Much of the area where the new plants are being planted is populated by rows of upright reinforcing bar arranged in a grid pattern. The upper end of those short rebar posts are topped with fluorescent green high visibility plastic caps.

After the planting is done, said Chouinard, the gridwork of posts will be connected with string to form what he called a “goose exclusion system.”

The posts and string make it impossible for geese to land in the restored area and pluck the newly planted vegetation from the ground.

Once the plants are well established, the posts will be removed. In addition to creating an environment where juvenile salmon and other creatures can hide and grow, the restored wetland will serve as a launch point for tribal members to put their watercraft into the bay.

As for the former marina itself, said Kelly Croman, general counsel for the tribe’s Marine View Ventures, the tribe’s business unit, its fate is yet undecided.

The tribe owns and Marine View Ventures operates the adjacent Chinook Landing Marina.

The Ole & Charlie’s property would require fairly extensive upgrading if the tribe wants to reopen it. Aging electrical wiring at the marina was one issue that helped force its closure last year.

Ole & Charlie’s told tenants then that it had been unable to reach agreement with the tribe and the port on a new lease agreement after their prior lease ended in January of 2011. The marina was leasing on a month-to-month basis until it decided to close after 36 years.

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SBA names Albert Shen 2012 Minority Champion of the Year!

Press Release –

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2012 Washington state Minority Champion of the Year is Albert Shen, owner of Shen Consulting, Inc., a project planning, design, and construction management company. His firm helped complete some of the largest transportation capital improvement programs in the Puget Sound region including a third Sea-Tac runway, and a new airport consolidated rental car facility.

“During off hours Shen focuses extra time and energy on initiatives benefiting the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community,” said Seattle SBA District Director Nancy Porzio. “His volunteer work with the Seattle Chinatown International Preservation Development Authority aspires to build multi-cultural business prosperity.”

He was appointed by Governor Gregoire to serve as a Commissioner elevating attention to Asian Pacific American business community issues and co-chair the Economic Development committee. He hosted a White House Business Council Roundtable between minority-owned businesses and Obama Administration officials to discuss challenges faced during the recession.

Shen is also a Trustee for the Seattle Community Colleges and recently met with White House and Congressional leaders in Washington DC to advocate on how education and economic equity are equally vital to America’s role in the 21st century economy.

“Albert Shen was instrumental in forming the Minority Business Action Committee (MBAC), to enhance the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) voice in politics and to foster collaboration and advocacy practices between MBEs and elected officials to find solutions to issues in the state of Washington,” said Assistant Associate Administrator Calvin Goings.

“For impressive results from his contributions and advocacy efforts, we are proud to name Albert Shen as SBA’s 2012 Washington State Minority Services Champion,” said Seattle SBA District Director Nancy Porzio.


Sea – Tac Airport Uses Video to Ease Parking Rage

Shen Consulting managed the technology retrofit which enabled Sea-Tac International Airport to launch its own parking garage count system, based on video. In June 2008, the story was picked up by local and national media, including the New York Times, USA Today, and more.

USA Today: News Article (link)


SCI Wins Seattle Mayor’s Small Business Award 2009

Shen Consulting, Inc. was selected for the Mayor’s Small Business Award for the City of Seattle, 2009.

Ten companies were honored during a ceremony October 13, 2009 at Seattle’s Town Hall. The winners were selected for excellence in management, entrepreneurial spirit, customer service and community involvement.

Mayor’s Office: Official Press Release (PDF)

Mayor’s Office: Official Awards Ceremony Video (link)

Shen Consulting, An API Success Story: Official Shen Press Release (PDF)

NW Asian Weekly: News Article (link)

International Examiner: News Article (link)

Puget Sound Business Journal: Advertisement – The Winners (PDF)

Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation: News Item (link)