NEWS UPDATE: March 2014 The Port is pleased to be re-engaging in the development of Waterfront Place (formerly known as Port Gardner Wharf). With the recovery of our local economy, we have the opportunity to refine the plan to speak to today’s economic conditions. We’d like to share a quick update with you:
What we’re doing: We are working with the City of Everett to refine the development plan that was crafted in 2005 to align with current market demand. Our vision remains steadfast to create a mixed-use community at the downtown Everett waterfront. This development will result in a new destination neighborhood for the people of Everett to live, work, and play.
In October 2012 the Port Commission adopted a development strategy for the Marina District. Extensive public feedback helped shape a new plan for the Marina District Development, that also fulfills the Port Commission’s adopted strategic direction to "get back to basics."
The strategy is adaptable and flexible to meet the project goals of coordination of the marina and upland development, a full-service marina facility, a destination with "quality of place," creates jobs and connects the community to its waterfront, and emphasizes sustainable development. The development strategy was unveiled in early September 2012 to positive public feedback, and the Port Commission adopted the strategy in early October.
In 2011, the Port Commission directed staff to undertake a joint planning effort to look at both the boating facilities and the North Marina property as part of one, comprehensive plan. The two staff directives were:
1.) The upland redevelopment effort needed maximize previous efforts and compliment the boating facilities, and
2.) The Port's investment in its marinas must be cost-effective and flexible to respond to market trends and shifts.