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March 28, 2022
Project: Bay Wood shoreline restoration and cleanup
Client: Port of Everett
The Port of Everett is working to redevelop former industrial sites along the desirable waterfront to pave the way for modern uses that provide jobs, housing and recreation. The Bay Wood shoreline restoration/cleanup and economic development project was a top-priority for the port.
The port partnered with consultant Landau Associates, private developer Latitude Development, and the state Department of Ecology to deliver the required permitting entitlements and complete the shoreline restoration and remaining environmental cleanup in record time. The permitting path proved to be complex, but through creativity, perseverance, and collaboration with its regulatory partners, the port and the Landau team were able to deliver on the promise to the developer.
For nearly 30 years, the Bay Wood site sat unused and unproductive as a result of environmental challenges. Preparing the site for redevelopment was a significant undertaking for the port, both operationally and financially. The project cost more than $2 million and had to be conducted on a fast track to dovetail with a property developer’s timeline. Funding from an Ecology remedial action cleanup grant was essential to the project.
To prepare the site for plans presented by the port’s development partner while also addressing environmental contamination required a multi-disciplinary design team, including environmental and biological experts, construction personnel experienced with both environmental and shoreline work, and dedicated port and Ecology personnel. Landau was the consultant team lead for characterization of contamination, environmental engineering, and Ecology coordination and documentation.
The shoreline restoration design plans were driven by development needs, but Landau’s careful integration with the environmental cleanup plans included in the same project facilitated a comprehensive set of construction plans that were easy for the contractor to follow.
The Bay Wood project provides a significant enhancement at the mouth of the Snohomish River, creating over 2,600 linear feet of restored shoreline habitat for salmon, new wetlands, landscaping with native plants, and public access. To accomplish this work, the port conducted significant tribal and stakeholder outreach as part of the tribal engagement process and community meetings associated with the shoreline substantial development permit.
With the port’s on-site work complete, Latitude Development executed its $5 million purchase and sale agreement to acquire the site and has started construction on an approximately $30 million light-industrial complex that will restore jobs to the vacant site for the first time in nearly 30 years. This will create a new job hub to support up to 300 on-site jobs, 1,000 off-site jobs and returns the property to city tax rolls, generating an estimated $330,000 a year in state and local taxes. A huge benefit to the community is the new public access to this area and a new nature trail along the cleaned-up shoreline.