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Larsen Requests More Than $42 Million for 15 Local Projects in Fiscal Year 2025 Spending Bill

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) requested a total of $42,399,656 for fifteen local projects in the Fiscal Year 2025 spending bill. Larsen submitted the requests to the House Appropriations Committee as the Committee begins work on legislation to fund the federal government.

“My priority in shaping spending bills is to invest in Northwest Washington communities,” said Larsen. “I will continue to work closely with community leaders and stakeholders to secure critical funding to create more jobs, build better infrastructure, and break down barriers to and improve vital services residents rely on.”

For the fourth year in a row, the spending bill will include earmark funding for community projects that local leaders and stakeholders identified as critical to their communities. Larsen secured more than $19.3 million for fifteen Second District projects in the FY24 spending package, which was signed into law in March.

$131,250 is earmarked for replacement of Orcas Island's Senior Center's roof.

Orcas Senior Center Board Member Tom Eversole on the Orcas Senior Center Roof Replacement Project: “Representative Larsen’s efforts will help fund necessary roof replacement so that the Orcas Senor Center building continues to serve older residents of Orcas Island and provide a gathering place for people of all ages and abilities on the island. We are very grateful to Rep. Larsen for his advocacy and leadership. This is a sound investment in our community’s social and emergency service infrastructure.”


WA-02 Community Project Funding Requests

Larsen requested the following earmarks to invest in Northwest Washington communities:

Investing in a Cleaner, Greener, Safer and More Accessible Transportation System

  • City of Everett’s Holly Roundabout: This project will be used to design and construct a roundabout at 100st Street and Holly Drive in Everett. ($5,040,000)
  • City of Lynden’s Pepin Flood, Agriculture, Salmon and Safety Transportation (FASST): This project will support design completion and construction of the Pepin Parkway Bridge as part of the city’s FASST project. ($3,088,000)
  • Community Transit’s Zero Emission Buses for Fleet Transition: This project will enable Community Transit to purchase three battery electric buses with chargers to replace diesel buses that are beyond their expected useful life. ($3,000,000)
  • Skagit Transit’s Maintenance Operations and Administration Facility: This project will support construction of phases two and three of the maintenance operations and administration facility. ($3,000,000)
  • City of Oak Harbor’s The Center in Oak Harbor Parking and Accessibility Improvements: This project will reconfigure and expand the parking lot by The Center in Oak Harbor, moving the parking entrance, improving pedestrian access and making all sidewalks and parking areas ADA-compliant. ($450,000) 

Investing in Community Services

  • Lummi Indian Business Council’s Lummi Detox Center: This project will support construction of a stabilization and withdrawal management facility for the Lummi Nation to provide stabilization, culturally attuned care and aftercare, recovery treatment and whole family support for Tribal members impacted by the opioid crisis. ($10,430,485)
  • City of Edmonds’s Food Bank and Community Engagement Space: This project will support an expanded facility for Edmonds Food Bank, including increased food bank space, a commercial kitchen, an urban garden and engagement spaces for community partners. ($2,200,000)
  • City of Bellingham’s Bellingham Central Library Renovation: This project will support exterior renovation of the Bellingham Central Library, including updated windows, upgraded main and children’s entrances, and a refreshed plaza. ($2,000,000)
  • Whatcom County and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County’s (DVSAS) Douglas Building Preservation: This project will support the renovation of a building used by DVSAS to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. ($919,600)
  • Orcas Senior Center’s Roof Replacement: This project will repair the failing roof of the facility, ensuring seniors can continue to access services. ($131,250) 

Investing in Education and Workforce Development

  • Edmonds College and Latino Educational Training Institute’s (LETI) Incubator for Family Success: This project will establish a comprehensive community center that includes a cultural retention and arts center, vocational school, commercial kitchen, deli-specialty store and child care circles. ($3,755,447)
  • Edmonds School District’s Meadowdale and Edmonds-Woodway High Schools, and Meadowdale Middle School LED Lighting Retrofits: This project will retrofit existing fluorescent lighting at the three schools with LED lighting, which will reduce energy usage by 30 percent. ($2,234,474)
  • Western Washington University’s (WWU) Shannon Point Marine Center Research Vessel: This project will support acquisition of a new research vessel for WWU marine and coastal science educational and research activities. ($1,490,400) 

Investing in Critical Infrastructure

  • Island County’s Recycling and Reuse Station: This project will build a new solid waste transfer station that will significantly enhance the efficiency of the county’s waste management processes, reducing costs for local rate payers and mitigating associated impacts to public health, safety and the environment. ($2,800,000)
  • Port of Edmonds’s North Portwalk and Seawall Reconstruction: This funding will support the demolition of the old administration building to open the waterfront for a public plaza and support electrical upgrades, including a boat charging station and upgrades to support future electrification. ($1,860,000)

 

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