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Demonstration will enable public to view proposed building heights for North Marina Redevelopment

Demonstration poles to mark proposed heights on site; Aerial balloons will aid viewing at Oct. 8 event

Post Date:09/29/2005

Everett, WA (Sept. 29, 2005) - Over the next three weeks, the Port of Everett and Maritime Trust Company will use both demonstration poles and large aerial balloons to show proposed building heights for their North Marina Redevelopment.

Seven poles are scheduled to be installed Thursday, Sept. 29, and will remain in place until Oct. 20. An aerial balloon demonstration on Saturday, Oct. 8, will augment the pole installation.

"We're conducting the two demonstrations to help everyone visualize the building heights," said John Mohr, executive director of the Port of Everett. "A group of bluff residents has asked us to install poles to demonstrate the project's height, which we will do. We're adding aerial balloons because they're more visible at a distance than the poles."

The public is invited to Grand Avenue Park at 1800 Grand Ave in Everett on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, to view the balloon demonstration. Port and Maritime representatives will be available to answer questions and provide additional information. A hot dog lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

Plans for development call for a waterfront marina neighborhood to be built on Port of Everett property that is now shared by a marina and maritime industries. It will be a collection of high-quality condominiums and townhomes, unique shops, and destination restaurants, all nestled between two marinas and accentuated with parks and open spaces. In addition, a public walkway will offer 1.3 miles of shoreline access.

On most of the neighborhood's 11 blocks, buildings will range in height from 35 to 55 feet. Under the current development agreement with the city of Everett, the project already has received approval for a maximum height of 55 feet from current ground level.

For three of the blocks, the development partners have requested approval for roof heights reaching up to 65 feet from current ground level. Recent extensive tests revealed a higher-than-expected water table that will require the ground level to be raised in some locations. The 65-foot height will allow for more underground parking and dedicate more ground-level area to green and public open space without increasing the building square footage or number of units. This height increase is essential to preserve the project's value and meet the requirements of lenders who will finance the project.

The seven poles placed throughout the residential blocks will demonstrate proposed building heights of 35, 45, 55 and 65 feet.

For additional visibility, five 10-foot-diameter aerial balloons will be tethered at 35, 45, 55 and 65-foot heights from the ground. Due to the impact of wind and weather on the balloons, they will be on display for three hours on Oct. 8.

In addition to the poles and balloon installation, a computer-generated simulation comparing the current view to the project's views at both the 65- and 55-foot levels will be available for viewing at the Grand Avenue Park event on Oct. 8. The computer simulation may also be seen at the following web address: www.northmarinaredevelopment.com.

The first phase of construction is expected to start in the spring of 2006 and the entire development could be completed within 10 years.

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Maritime Trust Company is a national firm based in Chicago, Illinois, that designs, plans, and develops maritime and urban waterfront properties. Its principals have a long record of outstanding projects including development of the North Pier Apartment Tower and the restoration of some of Chicago's signature historic buildings, including North Pier Terminal, the Monadnock Building, and the Traders Building in downtown Chicago, as well as Market Square in Lake Forest, Ill.

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