The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has negotiated the sale 174 acres of wetland near Junction City to fund the planning and development of Seaport Landing.
The sale to Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, at $2,500 per acre, will bring in some $435,000, confirmed Authority Executive Director Les Bolton.
The Aberdeen City Council helped the sale proceed by approving a quit claim deed for a surplus parcel 60 feet wide bisecting the property. The strip was originally purchased in 1947 so an industrial water line to Cosmopolis could be built. The property was never used.
The surplus portion runs about 2,500 feet from the west bank of Elliot Slough through a 52-acre cattail marsh owned by the Seaport Authority up to property owned by Sierra Pacific Industries, city documents say.
The Seaport will use the proceeds from the city’s 3.44 acres to help fund design and develop a waterfront trail at the landing in South Aberdeen, the city’s transfer documents say.