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City gets additional money for waterfront project

December 10th, 2012 - 6:14am

(Port Angeles) -- The downtown Port Angeles waterfront improvement project has gained a second state grant in less than a week.

This time, the city has received 300-thousand dollars in state Recreation and Conservation Office grant money.

The grant came days after the city learned it received a half million dollars from the state Community and Economic Revitalization Board.

City community and economic development director Nathan West says the money will be used to offset the current construction now underway along Railroad Avenue. That'll free up money for other parts of the project. West says that means construction could move ahead on other parts of the project before a "fish window" closes that woould stop construction near the water next summer.

Specifically, West says the next part of the project most likely will be a park area at the west end of the entire project near Oak Street.

The city originally applied for the RCO grant in 2010 and did not receive the award. But when other projects that were funded failed to meet deadlines, the city was awarded money that was not handed out.

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