VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee spent Tuesday exploring two new waterfront developments along the Columbia River in Clark County.
Inslee started his Clark County visit at a waterfront project along the Columbia River in the Camas-Washougal area. An elaborate trail system including play areas and river access was recently completed and the development will now focus on the construction of new mixed-use buildings near the walkway that will feature residential and retail space. State funds paid for much of the environmental cleanup of an old sawmill at the site, making way for the new east county development.
“We’re seeing a whole new type of community developed along the Columbia River,” said Inslee. “And to see this asset which is so beautiful and so economically productive to be used by marrying a little state money, private money, some action by the port — it’s just a thrill.”
Inslee also visited the Vancouver Waterfront Park, which was transformed from an industrial area over the past few years. The governor toured the development after enjoying lunch at one of the area’s new restaurants.
The governor also met with local community leaders to discuss post-pandemic recovery efforts.
After the Biden administration extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced on June 24 he was extending state protections to September 30, with some modifications. The governor said this bridge is not an extension of the existing moratorium but will be updated and altered.