There’s reason to rejoice on Front Street. Restoration of the Coupeville Wharf received a major boost in February with a $303,000 grant award from the state’s Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. Nearly a dozen local projects benefited from funds set aside last year by Governor Jay Inslee to mitigate the impacts of increased Growler air traffic in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. “This is great news for all citizens who value the importance of preserving historic properties in our community,” said Chris Michalopoulos, the Port’s executive director.Funding will be used to stabilize the wharf building foundation and replace the failing roof.Port staff have been seeking resources for wharf rehabilitation after engineering studies reported significant deterioration. Restoration work will be conducted in several phases as funding becomes available. The first phase will replace deteriorated pier pilings and infrastructure at a cost of about $1,000,000. Last spring, Island County Commissioners generously awarded the Port nearly $900,000 for pier work through the Rural County Economic Development Grant Program, underscoring the wharf’s importance to local economic activity.
Last modified: April 6, 2020