Port Angeles: State decision second big boon to Port in less than two months

The Port Angeles graving yard is the second major maritime project that has come before the Port commissioners this fall.

In October, Westport Shipyard Inc. picked Port Angeles over Anacortes for a new yacht-building facility that will employ 200 workers. Construction will start next year on the facility, which will be used to build $30 million, 164-foot yachts.

After a public hearing, the commissioners agreed to sell the three acres wanted by Westport for $530,000.

Economic development proponents view the graving dock project as a potential boon, creating new family-wage jobs, many of which would pay in the $56,000-a-year range.

A recent city of Port Angeles report estimated the economic impact of the project to result in $19 million to the North Olympic Peninsula and up to 120 jobs in 36 months.

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