Seward supports plan for marine center improvements

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2001

SEWARD (AP) -- A cash infusion from the sale of the K.M. Rae Building could set the stage for improvement at the Seward Marine Center, the center's facilities manager said.

Tom Smith's proposal to the University of Alaska seeks $1.6 million in improvements, including $667,000 to upgrade the dock and $740,000 to expand the wet lab and office space.

The cost of the proposal matches the $1.6 million price the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service will soon pay for the 6,418-square foot K.M. building.

If implemented, the plan would upgrade the Seward facility from a field station to a full-service marine laboratory.

The Seward City Council on May 14 approved a resolution expressing support of Smith's proposal. Mayor Edgar Blatchford said failure to fund the improvements would amount to ''a failure of the university system to serve the state's scientific needs.''

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