New uses sought for old Washington mental hospital

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SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The state and local governments in Skagit County are still trying to decide what to do with the 227-acre campus of the former Northern State mental hospital at Sedro-Woolley that closed in 1973.

Now called the North Cascades Gateway Center, it's managed by the state Department of Enterprise Services. Twenty buildings are leased to the Job Corps. Along with other community programs, about 400 people are on the campus each day for education, job training, or drug, alcohol and mental health services.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports income doesn't keep up with the costs of maintenance, so the state, along with the county, Port of Skagit and city of Sedro-Woolley, launched a new study for possible uses of the property.

A similar study was conducted 1992.