The land has been for sale since early 2012 after Kimberly-Clark decided to close their Everett plant. In early 2013 the Everett City Council voted to restrict usage of the property as water-dependent industrial mixed use which would allow industrial and commercial use at the deep water portion of the site while also allowing non-water dependent uses on the majority of the site.
In late 2013 Saltchuck, owner of Foss Maritime, attempted to purchase the property from Kimberly-Clark for a shipyard and expanded maritime use. That deal fell apart in April of 2014 when both sides could not agree on responsibilities for environmental clean up.12 months ago the Port of Everett commissioners voted to move ahead with the purchase of the property.
City of Everett officials backed the move which they called in the city’s collective best interest. Still the property remains for sale.
This morning MyEverettNews.com checked in with Bob Brand from Kimberly-Clark who told us via e-mail, “We continue to market the site actively with interested parties and the lines of communication are still open with the Port.”
Lisa Lefeber is the Chief of Policy and Communications at the Port of Everett. Here was her update also via email… “We have been working with K-C on potential offers for many many months,” Lefeber said. “It is a complicated property because of the environmental uncertainty. We will continue to work to find an offer that works for both parties.”