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PA marine life center still hopes for expansion

June 26th, 2014 - 5:21am

(PORT ANGELES)-- Feiro Marine Life Center officials say they are still hoping to expand the facilities in Port Angeles, despite the collapse of a deal that would've moved the center to a new waterfront development.

The Port Angeles waterfront property along Oak Street that was under consideration for purchase by an Alaska-based corporation, has fallen through.

Part of the development plan, was the relocation of the Feiro Marine Life Center to a newer larger facility. Feiro's Executive Director, Melissa Williams says they still have hopes of one day expanding the center now located on City Pier.

For now, Williams wants the public to know that Feiro is open seven days a week year round, continuing with its educational programs.

Feiro opened in 1981 and currently has public exhibits representative of the marine life inhabiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But it has outgrown the facility. Almost twenty thousand tourists visit annually, which includes over 3,200 school children, who participate in marine science education programs each school year.

The proposed, nearly two-acre Oak Street property was proposed to house the new center as well as a headquarters for the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary. The Alaska-based developer also wanted a conference center there, but part of the deal's collapse came when the city of Port Angeles wasn't ready to commit city dollars to the conference center idea.

The property is back on the market listed at $2-million dollar, 500-thousand dollars more than originally listed.

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