ASTORIA, OR-A 12.4-acre, undeveloped parcel along the Columbia River here that has long defied the developer’s shovel has a new owner. Astoria Business Park LLC, comprised of Randy Stemper and Harry Henke, purchased the land earlier this fall for $685,000, according to county records. They hope to sell the land to a developer who can actually make something happen on the site bordered on the north and south by the Riverwalk and Leif Erikson Drive, respectively, and on the west and east by 38th Street and 41st Street.

The property has been sitting vacant for as long as most can remember. In the 1960s, the city raised the land by filling it with dredge materials. But its zoning as marine industrial didn’t lend itself to general commercial uses, and neither, apparently, has its rezone to general industrial some seven years ago.

Its former owner, Bergerson Enterprise, has seen come and go proposals for a motel, a supermarket and a manufactured home park for seniors. Companies have gone so far as to tie down the property and make payments on their option, but nothing has ever come of it. The city’s addition of more dredge materials to the property last year may have it in danger of a lawsuit, but the new owners are reportedly working on a new use for the site.

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