No doubt we will all miss the Exchange at least a little. Many will miss it a lot. It performs a great service to all in the community, directly or indirectly. The question is: how much value do we really place on it? It seems that whenever its existence has been threatened in the past there was significant opposition. That was while it was up and running without cost to the rest of us.
With complete destruction of the structures do to fire it will be very expensive to dispose of the debris. It will require the heavy equipment for demolition and removal of tons of material that will have to go to solid waste. The fees for that alone are going to significant.
Once the area has been cleared at great expense, new building designs and plans will have to be made. Construction materials for a facility that will just meet the bare minimum of needs will be very costly. Then of course there is the labor.
I hope the community will rise to the occasion and quickly get behind an effort rebuild now. I would like to issue the call for ALL Orcas Islanders give to the effort with donations of money, fundraising events, volunteering labor and services as well as donating the building materials that will be needed.
San Juan County, I personally do not expect the county to do any funding here. We cannot afford it. But please clear the way as needed for all aspects of this effort to proceed quickly.