Waterfront development

Artists rendering of the proposed St. Helens Waterfront development. A $15-million grant from the federal government for infrastructure improvement was considered to be a critical element in getting the project started. 

St. Helens City Administrator John Walsh announced today, Dec. 13, that the City of St. Helens lost out in its bid for part of a $1.5 billion –dollar pot of grant monies from the federal government. The grants are part of the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program through the US Department of Transportation.

Had St. Helens won its $15 million-dollar grant, the money would have gone towards building and improving infrastructure along the waterfront adjacent to the historic downtown.

In an email statement, Walsh said, “St. Helens Riverfront: Restoring Access, Economy, and the Environment was not funded this cycle.  We feel this was a strong application with significant community and political support.  Staff have requested a debriefing conference in order to submit and stronger and more competitive application next cycle.  And while this news is disappointing, most projects are not funded on the first request.”

A complete list of the winning project across the nation, including two in Oregon, is available at https://www.transportation.gov/policy-initiatives/build-2018-fact-sheets

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