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Owner Northwest Demolition & Dismantling has been salvaging timbers from buildings at the former mill site.
January 08, 2013
DALLAS -- The former Weyerhaeuser mill in Dallas may soon be alive with activity. But that action will likely snuff out any hope of a mill returning to the site.
Northwest Demolition & Dismantling of Tigard, the current owner of the property in the 1500 block of Southeast Lyle Street, has been taking offers for the remaining sawmill equipment on the site and probably will make decisions on sales later this week.
"We have a large number of offers in hand for a large portion of the mill equipment," said Brian Smith, the owner of Northwest Demolition & Dismantling.
He said the company is waiting on the decision of one last prospective buyer interested in the site for use as a mill. Smith is hesitant to put much hope in that possibility, however, as it would be an extremely expensive venture.
He said the site would be far from ready for operation in its current state. Upon closing the mill, Weyerhaeuser removed the mill's computer system and all rolling stock -- fork lifts, front loaders and trucks. Furthermore, he said the supply of private timber available might not be enough to support mill operations.
Smith said for those reasons, there hasn't been much interest in reopening the mill since his company purchased it in August.
After exploring options for selling the site as a mill, Weyerhaeuser elected to sell the site and seven other parcels of property it owned at an auction. Northwest Demolition & Dismantling bought the mill for a bid price of $1.2 million, plus a 10 percent buyer's premium.
Smith said once decisions are made on the dozens of offers for sawmill components, removal of the equipment could start as soon as the next two weeks.
Already, a crew is taking down and salvaging material from old plywood buildings on the site no longer fit for service. Salvaged Douglas fir timbers from those buildings will be sold. The former mill's power plant will also be dismantled in its entirety and recycled as much as possible.
The remaining buildings may be suitable for other industrial uses. Smith said interested parties will be able to examine the buildings after all mill equipment has been sold and hauled away.
"They do have some redeeming value," he said. "We will remove the sawmill equipment first and then we will see what we've got."