Port of Camas-Washougal

Port Receives Grant for Waterfront Restoration Analysis

Port Receives Grant for Waterfront Restoration Analysis

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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The Port of Camas-Washougal today announced it has received a $200,000 Integrated Planning Grant from the Washington Department of Ecology for the cleanup and reuse of a contaminated waterfront site.

According to Port Executive Director David Ripp, the port is exploring the opportunity to acquire, cleanup and redevelop property along the waterfront that extends east of its existing boating marina and connects to its existing port-owned property at Sixth Street in Washougal.  The goals for this project are to put the property currently owned by the former Hambleton Lumber company back to a productive economic use, clean up historical contamination, provide public access to the waterfront, restore riparian habitat, and connect port land holdings to the east and west. “These are opportunities that would not occur if grant funding was not available,” said Ripp.

The grant provides funds only for the planning process that incorporates cleanup activities with the reuse of property. The resulting plan would outline a strategy to solve multiple problems that stem from contamination. The plan may address habitat restoration, site work for recreational use and infrastructure development as part of the overall cleanup process.

The plan would also include funding strategies that leverage multiple grant and loan opportunities to carry a project through to completion and describes significant project development milestones as a means to evaluate progress.

The port will use this grant to conduct environmental due diligence on the property, lead a community involvement process to envision conceptual future use of the site, and prepare a strategy for redevelopment that weaves together private, market driven redevelopment, public access and environmental enhancement.

Also, as a result of the port’s advertised request for qualifications for a consultant to help the port manage this grant and the Department of Ecology process, the port expects to present a scope of work, budget and a professional services agreement at the port commission meeting on July 19 with the recommendation to hire Maul, Foster and Alongi as its consulting firm.

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