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September 30, 2014

Everett's Waterfront Place Central could total $373M in new projects

Image by Stephanie Bower for RMC Architects [enlarge]

The Port of Everett and city of Everett are holding an open house today from 6-8 p.m. about the latest plan for Waterfront Place Central.

The open house is in Waterfront Center's Blue Heron room, at 1205 Craftsman Way. A brief presentation begins at 6:45 p.m.

The 65-acre site could see as much as $373 million in new development, according to the port. That total includes $340 million in private projects and $33 million in public infrastructure.

The port says the goal is to unify the marina with surrounding property and create a new community where people can live, work, shop and find entertainment.

There eventually could be up to 1.5 million square feet of new space, including 447,500 square feet of office and commercial uses, 63,000 square feet of retail, 20,000 square feet of marine retail, 350-660 housing units, and 3,200 parking stalls in surface lots and structured parking.

The port wants to build two waterfront hotels, at least five more eateries along Fisherman's Harbor and a fine-dining restaurant at the water's edge.

Fifteen new outdoor public spaces are planned, with highlights such as two big parks, a performing arts venue, a four-mile pedestrian and biking trail, and an “iconic” clocktower.

Early design and site planning is being done by RMC Architects and Leland Consulting Group.

The Port of Everett is the master development. In January, the port expects to start seeking development partners through land sales and leases.

Construction on the first zone could begin as soon as 2016.

The final phase of environmental cleanup started in August and is slated to finish in April. Magnus Pacific is completing the work under a $6.2 million contract.

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