Two local projects have received funding through the state Heritage Commission.
The Astoria Ferry Group, a nonprofit seeking to restore the historic Tourist No. 2 ferry, received $20,000 to weatherize the vessel’s topside. The ferry recently moved to Pier 39, where volunteers are restoring it in the hopes of getting certified by the Coast Guard to take large groups out on the Columbia River.
William Hicks, owner of the Abeco Building, received $7,100 through the state’s Diamonds in the Rough grant program to remove a metallic facade along the Commercial Street storefront. Hicks purchased the building last year and has been restoring it into an indoor marketplace named Astor Court. He must provide an equal match to the state grant.
The grants were part of $206,000 awarded to 13 historic properties and archaeology projects around the state.