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Marysville's waterfront focus of Oct. 24 open house

The city of Marysville has again applied for a federal grant to clean up the Geddes Marina property, on the Ebey waterfront, and is inviting to public to an open house on the subject on Oct. 24. - Kirk Boxleitner
The city of Marysville has again applied for a federal grant to clean up the Geddes Marina property, on the Ebey waterfront, and is inviting to public to an open house on the subject on Oct. 24.
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MARYSVILLE — The city of Marysville invites the public to an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to discuss a federal grant for cleaning up the Geddes Marina property, on the Ebey waterfront, that the city bought in July of 2010.

The open house will take place from 6-7 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Marysville Library, located at 6120 Grove St.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the city’s application for a $200,000 Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields cleanup grant that would be used to remediate contaminated ground at the five-acre site, according to city Land Use Engineering Services Manager Shawn Smith. The property contains some types of chemicals and pollutants typical of the timber industry and marine operations that have existed along the waterfront since the late 1800s.

Smith explained that the city had previously applied for two other $200,000 EPA Brownfields cleanup grants, as well as a $550,000 EPA Brownfields multi-purpose pilot grant, that also would have been put toward the assessment and remediation of contaminated soils on the site.

“We’re basically at the same place we were before this summer,” Smith said. “We found out this summer that our most recent grant application was unsuccessful. Given the numbers of applicants for these grants, we simply didn’t score high enough to get selected.”

Smith acknowledged that attendance at previous open houses devoted to Brownfields grants for the Geddes Marina property have been met by dwindling attendance from the citizenry, but he urged them to turn out for this meeting for the same reason that the city continues to apply for those grants.

“Our waterfront is an important part of the city’s downtown revitalization,” Smith said. “Right now, that marina is a run-down eyesore, but we’re looking to get shops and condos there, as well as a walking path to tie the boat launch park to the Qwuloolt estuary.”

Long-term cleanup at the marina at 1326 First St., just west of Ebey Waterfront Park, would include both structural and environmental work.

The EPA awarded the city with a Brownfields grant in May of 2009 to clean up the Crown Pacific/Interfor mill site at 60 State Ave. on the waterfront just east of State Avenue.

Brownfields grants are designed to help revitalize former industrial sites, turning them from problem properties to productive community use.

As Smith noted, long-term plans as identified in the city’s 2009 Downtown Master Plan would see the Ebey waterfront redeveloped with trails, apartments or condominiums, as well as some commercial development.

For more information about the grant application, contact Smith at 360-363-8224.

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