Gladstone Harbor Makeover

In the near future, Gladstone’s harbor is going to look very different.

The city won’t even be using any tax money to do it.

The city has received $325,000 in state grant money.

It’s going to the Harbor Point Improvement Project.

Some of the old boat slips in the harbor will be replaced, and some new slip space will be added, but that’s just the beginning.

Parks and rec director Nicole Sanderson says it’ll also include natural landscaping, sidewalks and fish cleaning stations.

All 3 grants required Gladstone to front some matching funds.

But the city was able to set things up so that the grants act as matches for one another.

The project won’t cost city taxpayers a dime, which Sanderson says is critical in tough financial times.

Right now, the work is slated to begin in 2010, but the city is trying to work with contractors to move the date up to next summer.