The city of Washougal’s deteriorating social services building is about to receive a facelift.
City officials have agreed to use a $700,000 state grant, a $226,500 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $32,000 from Washougal’s coffers to fund a two-phase remodeling project for the social-services building that houses the East County Family Resource Center, which provides child and family counseling, youth programs and parent classes via its parent organization, the Seattle-based Children’s Home Society of Washington.
At their Sept. 27 meeting, Washougal City Council members approved a $47,500 contract with Vancouver-based Covalent Architecture for first-phase design work. The project’s second phase, funded by a $700,000 contribution from the Washington State Department of Commerce, will provide the facility with exterior envelope repairs, as well as a new roof, an upgraded HVAC system, interior lighting and flooring and an exterior public restroom.
“It’s going to be a great project for our community,” Washougal City Manager David Scott said during the city council’s Sept. 27 workshop. “We’re really grateful to the county program that does the CDBG and especially grateful to our legislative delegation for their big capital appropriation that they provided that’s really making this happen.”
Washougal engineer Rob Charles said the city plans to complete the project by the end of 2022.