The Port of Camas-Washougal said today it has awarded a contract to Washougal-based McDonald Excavating Inc. for the environmental cleanup of the former Hambleton Lumber Mill property.
The cleanup work is estimated to cost $860,000, with the state Department of Ecology picking up 90 percent of the cost. The port will use liability insurance funds it recovered to pay for the rest of the tab.
The work is part of a larger effort to redevelop 40 acres of waterfront property, including a park and trail. The port owns about 67 percent of the waterfront site, while Killian Pacific, the Vancouver commercial real estate developer, owns 33 percent of the parcel through its affiliate, Parkers Landing LLC.
“We are very pleased to reach this initial phase in efforts to bring valuable waterfront property to a higher and better use,” David Ripp, the port’s executive director, said. “It’s an exciting time for both the port and our community.”