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State legislature approves budget benefiting these Whatcom agencies and projects

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The new Washington State capital budget recently approved by the State Legislature commits money toward school construction, housing, environmental projects and public infrastructure. The budget awaits Governor Jay Inslee’s signature which is expected to happen sometime next month.

Whatcom County agencies and projects with funding allocations from the state beginning next year according to new budget documents include the following:

The Way Station (Bellingham) – $4,050,000
This planned facility is the result of a partnership between Unity Care NW, Opportunity Council, PeaceHealth and the Whatcom County Health Department according to a Unity Care NW press release. It will serve homeless individuals and families in need of hygiene, medical and behavioral health services and/or temporary medical recovery.

The Millworks (Bellingham) – $1,000,000
A Whatcom Community Foundation waterfront project being designed to have a food campus that connects local producers with buyers, a center for employee ownership, childcare facilities and about 70 workforce housing units and healthcare services.

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Downtown Revitalization (Blaine) – $500,000
A project in the commercial district making improvements including pedestrian amenities, recycling receptacles, planters, street furniture, bike racks and 2 gateway arches as well as making sidewalk repairs.

Whatcom County Integrated Public Safety Radio System (Bellingham) – $400,000
This is an ongoing project by Whatcom County to repair and enhance radio and data transmission facilities to create a far-reaching redundant failsafe system that will continue to enable county services to communicate after a disaster.

Positive Adolescent Dev (PAD) Emergency Housing (Bellingham) – $206,000
The PAD is a Northwest Youth Services emergency housing program that provides shared bedrooms, meals and help with schoolwork for 13 to 17-year-olds.

Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail (Lynden) – $200,000
The Jim Kaemingk Sr. Trail system is an east-west multi-modal transportation system in Lynden. This project is intended to extend the trail further.

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Sumas Sidewalks and Trails (Sumas) – $75,000
This project will improve and extend sidewalks and trails in Sumas.

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