Mukilteo to update its waterfront plans | City brief

Aug 20, 2014

With the transfer of the Tank Farm into local control, the city’s Downtown Waterfront Master Plan is out of date.

Mukilteo’s waterfront may see many changes within the next several years, including the relocation of the ferry terminal to the Tank Farm.

The Port of Everett has plans to convey parts of the property to the city of Mukilteo, Washington State Ferries and Sound Transit. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has already received 1 acre.

Other redevelopment plans on the northern Mukilteo-Everett waterfront include a transit station, parking garage, promenade, Japanese Gulch Creek daylighting and a dive park.

The 1999 Downtown Waterfront Master Plan does not cover these changes. An updated master plan would establish a common vision for the development of these properties, according to city staff.

Mukilteo City Council on Aug. 18 authorized Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to sign a contract with Seattle-based J.A. Brennan Associates PLLC.

The city and NOAA agreed that J.A. Brennan Associates, a company of landscape architects and planners, was the most qualified to update the master plan.

The consultant will prepare a master plan for the Mukilteo downtown waterfront extending from a link to Lighthouse Park to Edgewater Park. The focus will be on identified parks and the promenade, staff said.

This scope includes community, stakeholder and advisory team involvement, alternative development, and the creation of a preferred master plan with a cost estimate, staff said.

Mukilteo is following a tentative timeline to have a master plan in place around April of next year, staff said.

The transfer of the 20-acre Tank Farm property from the U.S. Air Force to the Port of Everett and NOAA was completed last year.

It is not yet known how the Port of Everett properties will be developed. However, all future developments would need to follow Mukilteo designs, staff said.

-Sara Bruestle

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