Waterfront project resumes after five-year hiatus

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Several years after a more ambitious plan went bust, the Port of Everett in Washington is resuming the development of waterfront land.

The $400 million Port Gardner Wharf development project, which never began production, was stalled in 2007 by financing problems and the developer's eventual bankruptcy proceedings, according to the (Everett, Wash.) Herald.

With that dust settled, the Port of Everett's three commissioners last week agreed on a strategy to build a mixed-use marina community that emphasizes boating, maritime business, jobs and public access.

Plans include a village center that would serve as the heart of what is known as the Marina District. The focus of development will be a parcel between 15th and 12th streets along West Marine View Drive.

The village would include apartments, restaurants, small shops, a boutique hotel, a clubhouse for marina tenants, an information office and a place for short-term marina guests to tie up their boats.

Today that area is a mishmash of weathered buildings, parking lots and fenced-off storage. The buildings are scheduled for demolition at the end of this month in preparation for the environmental cleanup of brownfields.

An advisory group told city officials that they wanted the port to be focused on boating and not other activities, saying surrounding businesses should support the marina.

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