Agencies celebrate transfer of Tank Farm property
Several agencies celebrated the transfer of the Mukilteo Tank Farm on Oct. 18 at Rosehill Community Center. About 100 people, including special guest and keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, attended the celebration.
The 20-acre waterfront property was transferred last month from the U.S. Air Force to the Port of Everett and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for redevelopment.
Speakers included U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (by video message), Port of Everett Executive Director John Mohr, Tulalip Tribes Chair Mel Sheldon, Port Commissioner Tom Stiger, Mayor Joe Marine, Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary David Moseley and Sound Transit Board Member Dave Earling.
The Tulalip Tribes Salmon Ceremonial Drummers celebrated the transfer with song and dance in the Point Elliot Room at Rosehill.
“This transfer is a big step forward and will enable the future relocation of the Mukilteo ferry terminal to the Tank Farm property,” Moseley said. “The next step is for WSF, Sound Transit and the city of Mukilteo to work with the port to transfer the land for purposes of the terminal relocation.”
Plans for the Mukilteo Multimodal Project include a ferry terminal, transit station, parking garage and waterfront promenade. The preferred alternative is to relocate the ferry terminal one-third of a mile east of the existing terminal to the Tank Farm.
About 18.8 acres was conveyed to the port on Sept. 10 and another 1.1 acres was conveyed on Sept. 29 to NOAA.
For more than a decade, Murray has instrumental in securing the transfer of the land and infrastructure.
Murray first acted to secure the transfer through Defense Authorization Acts in 2001 and 2002. She has since worked with the Air Force and local officials to coordinate the transfer process.
The Tank Farm served as a fuel storage and distribution terminal for the Air Force until 1990.
The agencies involved in the decades-long effort of transferring the property includes the Port of Everett, U.S. Air Force, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Washington State Ferries, City of Mukilteo, City of Everett, Sound Transit, NOAA and Island County.