Contractor builds four-unit complex for multiple uses by a variety of tenants
“This is the place to be,” says Allen Litzenberger, owner of 4-Point
Construction and developer of privately-owned buildings on Port of
Walla Walla property.
Litzenberger has been “watching and waiting” for the right time to
begin building in the Walla Walla Regional Airport Industrial Park.
“The time is now,” he explains.
“I’ve been watching the airport park development for several
years,” Litzenberger said. “We’ve been waiting until the Port’s
inventory of vacant buildings on the site had pretty much
diminished,” Litzenberger says. “Now, that’s what has happened.”
No stranger to private ownerships on leased lands, Litzenberger has
built on publicly-owned properties throughout the Northwest.
His Walla Walla Regional Airport site is about an acre on A Street
between Boeing and Cessna Avenues. Litzenberger’s “development”
includes four buildings, each with 6,000 square feet.
Two completed structures are already “rented out.” Tenants – all
new to the airport neighborhood – include Hidden Valley Bakery,
Cindy Mettler’s Bakery Shoppe, Patrick M. Paul and JLC winery
tasting rooms, and the winery and tasting room of Patit Creek Cellars.
With the exception of the Bakery Shoppe, all enjoy “store front
exposure” on A Street.
Litzenberger says yet-to-be-completed structures on the west side
of the site will mostly be for storage use, however end spaces will
offer customer access options off Boeing and Cessna avenues.
According to Litzenberger, Port of Walla Walla Executive Jim
Kuntz and his staff were “helpful” in negotiating a long-term lease
that made the A Street project feasible. The 50-year deal is subject to
periodic five-year reviews of terms and offers guaranteed renewals.
“It’s the right thing to do,” says Litzenberger, a long-time Walla
Walla resident. “I like it here.”
Eleganté joins increasing community of wineries at WW Regional Airport
When Doug Simmons began making plans for his own winery, one
thing he already knew was he wanted to be where others are.
That led him to the Port of Walla Walla’s Airport Industrial Park.
Already “home” to as many as 18 wineries, Simmons figured his
own airport site would allow him to take advantage of existing tasting
room traffic. “Once I got comfortable with the idea of being the
owner of my building on publicly-owned leased land, the Port of
Walla Walla staff was easy to work with,” Simmons said.
He ended up with a 50-year lease for a little more than a half-acre of
land at 839 C Street. It was perfect. Public access was easy, utilities
were already in place and there are lots of wineries across the way and
down the road.
With the location decided, Simmons began designing what was
going to be Eleganté Winery.
“My goal is to make great wine,” says Simmons, a retired
DeSales school teacher and
graduate of the Walla Walla
Community College Enology
and Viticulture Program. “I
wanted a new building with
modern innovations that would
contribute to the success of the
While the handsome structure
has a stucco exterior, ownerdesigned
production rooms feature inside walls of metal siding, with
sloping floors and special “kusel drains” that allow a total water washdown
for easy cleaning. And there’s ample room for as many as 140
aging barrels and up to 1,000 cases of wine.
Even though staging and storage rooms are mostly practical,
Simmons allowed for some special touches in the Eleganté tasting
room with its stone serving counter and imported Italian tile floor.
The end result is Simmon’s “dream come true,” thanks in part to his
rewarding relationship with the Port of Walla Walla.