The House of Representatives approved legislation this week, andthe Senate was expected to follow suit authorizing Army SecretaryLouis Caldera to transfer the western half of the property at nocost to the city. The secretary will transfer the west barracks tothe city as soon as next spring. The city wants to redevelop muchof the property. To date, it has committed to spend $6 million toinstall new sewers, roads and other infrastructure.

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Also this week, President Clinton signed a spending bill thatcontaining $60 million for Washington projects, including $2million for preserving buildings at the west barracks. TheVancouver National Historic Reserve is heading up efforts to raise– from both public and private sources - the remaining 85 percentof the estimated $40 million restoration bill.

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