The Port of Chelan County along with the City of Cashmere hosted a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony celebrating the completion of the approximately $4.2 million Sunset Highway Improvement Project. On behalf of the Port, Commissioner JC Baldwin introduced many in attendance, and stated “This project is a great example of what can be accomplished through partnerships. I want to thank the City of Cashmere for taking the lead role in managing this project, and for all of the support that the City has given the Port in our effort to redevelop the old mill site and turn it back into productive use. Mark Botello has been absolutely great to work with. And I want to give special thanks to Senator Parlette, for her leadership and support for what we are doing to redevelop the old mill property. Linda is the ranking member of the Senate Capital Budget Committee, and has been instrumental in helping our community with this project. As ranking member, she has supported continuing funding for the Community Economic Revitalization Board, which has provided the Port with $1 million dollars through a deferred low interest loan to finance the Port’s share of these road improvements. But Linda’s support did not stop there--- she played a vital role in securing a $1.5 million grant through the Department of Ecology to remove the wood waste that has accumulated over the course of the mill operations, and when that wood waste is removed, the entire site will be ready to build upon. And when that happens, we’ll see jobs and private sector investment in a piece of property that has been underutilized for many years.”
The Port of Chelan County contributed approximately $1,133,000 to the project including a $1,000,000 loan from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board. The City of Cashmere contributed local funding (approximately $600,000), federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Bridge Replacement Advisory Committee and Surface Transportation Program ($1,942,200) and state funding from the Washington Transportation Improvement Board ($547,000).
The Sunset Highway project consisted of reconstruction of 60-foot wide road from Division Street to West Mill Street (approximately 3,500 linear feet in length). The project included a new Mission Creek Bridge, two (2) travel roadway lanes, bike lanes, curb, gutter and sidewalks, illumination, landscaping, over 60 street trees and new water and sewer main lines.
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