St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The city of Two Harbors is hoping to capitalize on its prime location along the North Shore.
The city's Mayor presented his case in front of a Senate Committee Thursday.
Mayor Randy Bolen testified today building his case to get $4.6 million to clean up a portion of state land to eventually build a safe harbor refuge in his community.
The $30 million, 30 acre project would require funds from both the state and federal government to create the Small Craft Harbor & Marina.
The city has worked to build the project for the recreation and boating community since the early 90s.
The first, important step is cleaning up the area which the Mayor says has some soil contamination.
The state bonding money is a key piece to laying the ground work for the project.
"We feel strongly that this project will turn the city Two Harbors into the port of Two Harbors," Mayor Bolen said. "We always wanted that. We sit on an underutilized asset on the North Shore I think it's my job and others jobs to utilize asset to full potential."
The safe harbor is part of a bigger Minnesota DNR plan in place. Mayor Bolen says Two Harbors would be the last city to have one built.
He'll meet with Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN 8th District) Friday to discuss the federal portion of funding for the project.