Major supporters of the revitalized Quincy Square project, next to the historic Roxy Theater in downtown Bremerton, gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the passing of $2.5 million in new federal funding for the effort.
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer of the 6th Congressional District defended the funding request, which was part of a 12-bill government funding package and passed with bipartisan support. President Biden signed it into law earlier this month.
The bill included funding for the Quincy Square project to help with the construction phase, which will include street reconstruction, landscape and stormwater improvements, water improvement and relocation, lighting , pedestrian and festival amenities, art, signage, engineering and project management.
Kilmer said the new funding will bring the project closer to the finish line.
“The Quincy Square project aims to enhance the vitality of downtown Bremerton – and to complement and enhance recent revitalization efforts by supporting small businesses, creating jobs and providing access to more affordable housing,” said Kilmer during the celebration.
“Most importantly, by securing new federal funding, we are ensuring that it is not just an investment made by local taxpayers. It is an investment that is made to increase economic opportunity without increasing costs to the people of Kitsap County.
Kilmer referred to the project’s namesake, Quincy Jones, who lived early in his life in Bremerton where he began his music career.
“The City of Bremerton appreciates Congressman Kilmer’s support of this vital investment in our community,” said Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler.