More than $10 million in capital projects for North Central Washington are included in a compromise budget reached Tuesday in the state Legislature.
That $1.5 billion capital package was approved by the House this morning.
Included in regional projects is $3 million for the Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority to create a trades district on eight acres at Pangborn Memorial Airport.
That project involves converting what were designed to be cryptocurrency mining pods into production space for small businesses.
The pods remain in various stages of construction on port property following the 2017 bankruptcy of bitcoin mining company Giga Watt.
The port obtained the pods during Giga Watt’s bankruptcy proceedings.
Port Authority Executive Director Jim Kuntz said the port is contributing $2.5 million toward the more-than $10 million trades district project and the port is in the final application process of applying for a $5 million grant through the federal Economic Development Administration.
“We’re still trying to put all the financing together but it’s looking promising,” Kuntz said.
Kuntz praised state 12th District Rep. Mike Steele’s leadership in securing the state money for the project. Steele is the ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee.
Other money in the capital budget agreement include more than $1 million dollars for the Chelan-Douglas Food Distribution Center and $2.8 million for a sewer upgrade in Brewster.
There also is $550,000 for repairs to the Wenatchee city pool.