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Greenbank Farm works on warmer barn

By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey Examiner Staff
December 30, 2013 · 4:28 PM
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It will be a little warmer during events at Greenbank Farm this winter.

The Port of Coupeville recently spent more than $3,700 to repair the heaters in the farm’s Barn A, which is home to numerous events such as the holiday market that is currently underway on the weekends. It is one of two projects to improve the publicly owned facility.

Greenbank Farm Manager Judy Feldman said only three of the eight heating units in the room were functioning.

“The barn was cold,” she said. “We had to get some heat in there.”

The port paid Oak Harbor based Marshal Electric to complete the work.

Feldman said the work on the barn’s heaters was completed in time for the holiday market, which takes place on the weekends and started the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Even with the functioning heaters in the barn, warmth still remains an issue.

The barn is uninsulated and the floor is made of concrete slab. Any plans would have to consider the historic features of the barn.

The Port of Coupeville is also spending almost $8,458 to renovate the restrooms in the barn to comply with the American’s with Disabilities Act.

To bring the restrooms up to ADA compliance, Port of Coupeville Executive Director Tim McDonald said existing partitions have to be removed and replaced and plumbing repaired.

He said the biggest challenge is to configure the restrooms to accommodate wheelchairs.

 


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