Buildings on land intended for the Gateway Center in Aberdeen is being cleaned of asbestos.
In December of 2015, the City of Aberdeen purchased multiple buildings near the planned future facility, and is now moving forward with their plans to improve the entrance into downtown.
At their Wednesday meeting, the City Council approved a contract to remove asbestos from the former “Crystal Steambath” on F Street as well as the “Selmer’s Furniture Annex” on East Wishkah.
KD&S Environmental was awarded the contract for $53,000. An August 31 deadline is set for the removal process and the cost will be paid out of a State Grant that was received specifically for the new center.
A plan to convert a portion of “Lake Chevron” adjacent to those parcels was discussed as well on Wednesday, but not moved upon. That proposal would contract with Tesla Motors to add charging stations for their electric vehicles at a future parking area. That agreement was tabled before public discussion.
The State Legislature chose not to provide full funding to the City for the Gateway Center Project out of their last budget, but the plans are in place in anticipation of future funding.