Following a successful fundraising event sponsored by MayorWillis L. Van Dusen at the home of Jordan Schnitzer in June, all funds required tocomplete the Garden of Surging Waves project in downtown Astoria have beensecured. Donors at the event included project supporters from Astoria and aroundthe region. In reaching this goal, the Astoria City Council voted at its July 1 meeting to approvea contract amendment with Robinson Construction that effectively providesauthorization to proceed with remaining construction sequences (three of the foursequences outlined). Previously, funding had been secured and a contract awardedfor the first construction sequence only.The fundraising event, hosted at the Schnitzer home, attracted commitments of over$430,000, and closed the gap on the balance needed to complete the project."I am proud of the support we've received for the Garden of Surging Waves—fromour own community, from our friends in the Pacific Northwest region, and frompeople around the world including China, Germany, Eastern Europe and around theworld. Astorians are anxious to see this project completed and for Astoria's Chineseheritage to be a prominent feature of our city and our history," Mayor Van Dusensaid.Weather permitting, construction of the Garden of Surging Waves will be completedin the fall of 2013. Total contracted construction cost is just under $1.4 million.
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