Shelton City Manager Jeff Niten thanked Senator Sheldon Wednesday for his efforts in securing state funding for upcoming projects in the City of Shelton. The Washington State Senate released its version of the capital budget earlier today, which includes over three million dollars for upcoming projects in the City. The Washington State Legislature is currently working to finalize the state operating, capital, and transportation budgets for the 2019-21 biennium in the coming weeks.
“We are very grateful to Senator Sheldon for working so hard to secure state funding for the City of Shelton,” said City Manager Jeff Niten. “We are pleased that funding for the parking improvements and recreational amenities in the 400 block of West Cota Street are listed in both the House and Senate version of the capital budget. We are also encouraged to see that
$3.5 million dollars has been prioritized for the Shelton YMCA. The addition of a YMCA facility in the City of Shelton is a huge positive for our community.”
$283,000 is currently earmarked in the Senate’s version of the capital budget for resurfacing the gravel parking lot and installing a selection of recreational amenities in the 400 block of West Cota Street east of the Shelton Civic Center. Through a variety of public outreach efforts, including the development of the Downtown Vision Plan, this project was identified to provide additional parking and community recreation amenities in the downtown core, including basketball hoops and pickleball courts.
In July of 2018, the Shelton City Council gave final approval on a long-term land lease agreement with the South Sound YMCA for the development of a new $16 million dollar, 37,500 square foot multi-purpose YMCA community facility at Wallace Kneeland Blvd and North Shelton Springs Road. The City agreed to lease the 10.5-acre piece of property to South Sound YMCA for $1 per year during the initial 60-year term, with an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 years at the same rate.