The idea that one of Baker County's industrial eyesores could be transformed into a showplace for "green" technology seems a bit farfetched.
Perhaps more than a bit.
The place is Lime.
Lime, which is next to Interstate 84 just west of Huntington, is the site of a cement plant that closed 30 years ago.
Today the crumbling remnants resemble a chunk of Cleveland or Detroit.
Yet the place, which the county acquired through foreclosure, has attracted some attention the past few years.
Paul Vaden of Tigard has paid Baker County $51,000 - none of it
refundable - to secure an option to buy the 1,062-acre property. He has
until April 2011 to either pay $320,000 and take the property, or else
it stays in public ownership.
More recently, Steven Golieb of Orem, Utah, has proposed to incorporate
Lime. Golieb says he has talked with a couple dozen businesses about
opening stores in the city.
Although we're skeptical, the site has advantages, including proximity to the freeway and the railroad.
Longshot or not, a reinvigorated Lime would be a boon for Baker County's economy. And we'll take that wherever it happens.