The Bell Street Pier project, twenty years in the planning by the Port of Seattle, is finally coming to life. Scheduled for christening during Maritime Week, this $87 million project has proven to be a unique cooperative effort between a public agency and private enterprise to create a project that is, at its core, civic minded.
The project combines retail, residential and business related development that will give a long-neglected area of the waterfront a diverse foundation to build upon.
It includes a 30,000 square foot maritime museum and a 47,000 square-foot international conference center. Anthony's Home Port is building a new restaurant and a fish processing company plans to open a plant in the next year.
There's also a short-stay moorage facility for smaller craft cruising the Sound, and 1,900 feet of operative pier space to accomodate larger fishing and cruise vessels.
You'll find more information on the Bell Street Pier's facilities, its design and construction and the effect it will have on the central waterfront area in the pages to come.
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