The developer group is comprised of a number of individuals and entities with an extensive track record of community re-development projects under their belts.
Chester Trabucco, principal and Managing Member of Morck Renovation LLC, developed a similar project, the Hotel Elliott in Astoria, Oregon (about 80 miles south of Aberdeen on the Oregon Coast) which won both the local (Dr. Edward Harvey) award for the best commercial historic renovation for the year in 2003 as well as the State of Oregon’s top historic restoration honor, the “Stepping Up to the Plate” award, given annually to the project that had the greatest impact on its downtown’s revitalization efforts. Additionally, Trabucco served on the Executive Committee of the Liberty Theater board for over five years, helping to raise over $8,000,000 toward the renovation of a dilapidated former vaudeville theater to that of a state-of-the-art Performing Arts facility that was awarded the nationally-recognized Home and Garden TV’s first annual “Save America’s Treasures Award” for which it was honored at a gala event in Washington DC. Trabucco first restoration project was the former dilapidated Bumble Bee Seafood Headquarters Building to that of a commercially viable waterfront complex of offices and restaurants on pilings over the Columbia River (This project also received the Dr. Edward Harvey Award in 1995). Other downtown restoration/renovation projects included 1925 tavern to that of an upper-scale urban restaurant, now the Supper Club. Trabucco is now a principal and proprietor in the Astoria Riverwalk Inn, a 115-room waterfront hotel in Astoria, Oregon.
Rice Fergus Miller – Mike Miller, an Aberdeen native and named principal in the firm, is a leading player in the revitalization of Bremerton, WA (about 100 miles from the Aberdeen to the Northeast). In addition to many projects within the historic downtown area, they recently moved into their own building which attained the status of LEED Platinum after an aggressive redevelopment of a former Sears Automotive and Home store located downtown not far from the town’s now-vibrant waterfront. The project resulted in the adaptive reuse of a 30,000 square foot building that had been abandoned during the retail flight to the suburban mall in the early 1980’s. After having been empty for over 25 years, the building was purchased by the Rice Fergus Miller partnership with an eye to develop the most energy-efficient and sustainable office project the partnership could afford. Since completion, the building houses the design firm and their 48 professionals in downtown Bremerton. The building has received a number of regional and national awards including a LEED platinum score of 92 points which is in the top four highest scores for a renovation project of this type in the United States, the prestigious ASHRAE national first place award for renovation projects, and the Seattle AIA “What Makes It Green” Award. The project and the firm have been identified as leaders in the ongoing re-development of downtown Bremerton.
Eric Jacobsen, owner of Jacobsen Real Estate of Lake Oswego, Oregon and a veteran hospitality developer.
Project Finance Consultant:
John Warner has been integrally involved in the Morck project for the past year to address complex, special-purpose financing for the project and act as it’s finance consultant. John is a former project manager with the Portland Development Fund and a noted expert on the use of New Market and Historic Tax Credits (NMTC’s and HTC’s) primarily used for financing economic development projects in qualified areas.
All members of the team have track records in conscientious historic restoration, urban-impact projects and complex, mixed-use and hospitality developments.