The City of Aberdeen will receive nearly $1-million from the state toward the purchase of property downtown. Mayor Bill Simpson said they received word last night that the Gateway Center Project was included in the capital budget.

The city, and Greater Grays Harbor Inc. will receive the funds through appropriations from the Department of Commerce. The budget provides $3.9 billion for infrastructure improvement projects across the state. Simpson said the money will be used to purchase property needed to move forward with an RV parking and visitor (enterprise) center *near the Selmer’s building.

Simpson said State Representative Brian Blake and our coastal caucus were big supporters of the move, and helped in Olympia. He also wanted to thank House Speaker Frank Chopp who helped to secure the funding.

The Grays Harbor navigation improvement project will receive $2-million through the same fund.

*While we have disclosed the proposed property in the past, it seems in most cases that property values go up when local news agencies report on their “proposed purchase.”

In the interest of moving the city forward, I will wait for more paperwork this time before reporting on an exact location.