In the spring of 2014, the City of Aberdeen joined forces with the Bozeman Group to identify projects and ideas for downtown for the next three to five years.
Six projects were identified as a priority:
Reconnecting the city to it's waterfront.
Working with the state and other agencies to moderate traffic impacts on downtown.
Creating a bold and impressive entrance to downtown.
Improving access and mobility for people and goods as it relates to the rail line.
Attracting a hotel, movie theater and additional living spaces.
Celebrating Aberdeen's past by restoring some of our marquee buildings.
Here's a brief update on the progress:
The city has partnered with the Trust for Public Lands to acquire 6 acres of property along the Chehalis River for a future waterfront park. We anticipate that the
Trust for Public Lands will finalize owenership in 2016.
Wishkah and Heron streets have been restriped from 3 lanes to 2 lanes. The 2 lane traffice were widened to allow for easier ingress and egress for visitors to downtown.
The City of Aberdeen, in partnership with Greater Grays Harbor Inc., recieved a grant for $50,000 from the Community Economic Revitalization Board to prepare a feasability study for the Gateway Center. ECONorthwest was retained to prepare the study, which will be complete by the end of 2015.
In partnership with Craft 3, the City has applied to the Department of Commerce for a Community Development Block Grant, Economic Development, in the amount of $3 million for the renovation of the Morck Hotel. We anticipate construction of the hotel to take place in 2016, with the opening in 2017.