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Port of Everett Recognized for its Significant Waterfront Place Project Environmental Cleanups & Vision
Environmental remediation made possible through partnership with Washington State
Everett, Wash. – The Port of Everett was recognized by the Washington Public Ports Association with the Environmental Project of the Year Award for its significant Waterfront Place Central cleanup projects.
The Waterfront Place Central site is a 65-acre former industrial property located in the heart of the 2,300 slip Port of Everett Marina – the largest public marina on the West Coast. The site is being transformed into a new mixed-use development – Waterfront Place Central – to include public access, retail, commercial, residential and more. Construction is expected to begin on the new mixed use development in 2016.
Between 2006 and 2015, the Port completed a fast-paced, innovative cleanup program across the 65-acre waterfront property, removing nearly 150,000 tons of contaminated soil, remediating several contaminated groundwater plumes, dredging contaminated sediment from the bay, and removing failing bulkheads and other old creosote treated wood structures.
The Port, working in partnership with Ecology, divided the 65 acres into six separate cleanup sites to systematically deliver the cleanups on schedules that dove-tailed with site redevelopment, with the ultimate goal of delivering a new waterfront destination in Everett, known as Waterfront Place Central. The final, major environmental cleanup of the Waterfront Place site will be complete this month.
“It is in the best interest of the community and the Port to turn these brownfield sites into economic assets, which is why we have taken an aggressive approach to our environmental cleanups,” Port Commission President Troy McClelland said. “These cleanups don’t get less expensive or less complex.”
The Waterfront Place cleanups and subsequent redevelopment were made possible through the Remedial Action Grant program, a funding partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Washington State Legislature. If the State Legislature funds the Remedial Action Grant program for the 2015/2017 biennium, the Port will continue this environmental remediation work across the harbor – returning contaminated sites to productive use and clearing the way for a transformed waterfront that supports economic growth and provides public access to a healthier harbor.
What was accomplished?
- 99% of all contaminated materials removed
- 150,000 tons of contaminated soil removed
- 8,400 tons of concrete and asphalt recycled
- 11,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment removed
- 700 creosote treated pilings removed
- 5 docks, 360 feet of bulkhead, and other marine structures removed
- 360 feet of environmentally-safe bulkhead reconstructed
- 360 feet of enhanced public access on the water
- Lays the groundwork for future phases of improvements and renovation of the northeast corner of the Central Marina
The Port of Everett’s environmental cleanups are critical in that they allow for the restoration of the ecological health of Puget Sound, while also encouraging economic vitality to under-performing real estate.
The cleanups make way for this large-scale development that will unify the marina and surrounding property as one economic unit to create a sustainable and unique commercial, recreation and residential community. This new community is pedestrian-oriented and takes full advantage of its attractive waterfront and recreational boating setting. It also supports the final phases of the Port’s state-of-the-art regional boat sales and services center in the state’s largest marina.
When fully realized, the $360-million Waterfront Place Central Development is expected to generate 2,075 family-wage jobs. The project’s private development will generate $8.6 million annually in state and local sales taxes; in addition to the approximately 9,300 temporary construction jobs, sales tax and building permit revenues.
About Waterfront Place
Waterfront Place is a new community where people can live, work, shop, relax and find entertainment. The project includes 15 new public gathering spaces, up to 660 housing units, two waterfront hotels, at least 10 fine and casual dining restaurants, and 662,000 sq. ft. of commercial, retail and marine sales and services. The project brings $33 million in public infrastructure funded by the Port’s capital improvement plan, plus immediate opportunities for private developers anticipated at $330 million. At full build out, the project will support more than 2,000 jobs and $8.6 million in new tax revenue for the city.