The construction budget unveiled by House Democrats this week would jumpstart a building boom in the 28th District, with more than $73 million in projects.
“This is a great plan to create jobs and invest in our schools,” said Rep. Tami Green (D-Lakewood). “I want to thank all of the community members and business leaders who helped make the case for projects in the 28th District.”
The budget would break the state record for investing in new schools with $897 million in funding, along with more than $1 billion for colleges and universities.
Green also touted the importance of local projects like the University Town Center to boost economic development and the Hill Ward Restoration project to increase public safety.
“Funding for the University Town Center will do a lot to continue economic development efforts in University Place,” said Rep. Troy Kelley (D-Tacoma), who sits on the Capital Budget Committee. “I was particularly pleased to see the funding for the Hill Ward Restoration project in the House proposal — removal of this nuisance will help ensure a safer community.”
The city of Lakewood plans to remove of the abandoned psychiatric facility and replace it with a new park. Recent news reports have documented exorbitant amounts of alcohol and drug related activity that takes place at the current site.
Highlights of the budget include:
Colleges & Universities
- $48.5 million for expansion and preservation of the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Branch
- $6.15 million for UW-Tacoma Phase 3 project
- $2.7 million in funding for Tacoma Community College
- $3.7 million for the maintenance of Clover Park Community College
Community & Economic Development
- $1.3 million for University Place Town Square and Town Square Grid traffic upgrade
- $3,202,000 for the Chambers Creek Adult Trap – Phase 2
- $75,000 for the Tacoma Musical Playhouse (BFA)
- $397,000 for 300 Minimum Bed Expansion at McNeil Island
- $1.5 million for Western State Hospital renovations
- $1 million for Hill Ward Building removal Hill Ward Building
Both House proposals were bipartisan proposals and will be considered in committee later this week. Additionally, House leaders will be unveiling a proposed Operating budget on Tuesday, March 20.
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