The City of Mukilteo will be visiting the legislature in support of two very important projects that will benefit from state funds to move forward. On February 15 & 16, Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and City Council President Bob Champion will be meeting with several legislators to secure funding for the Mukilteo Waterfront Redevelopment and the Japanese Gulch Creek Restoration. They previously met with legislators in January to discuss these same important issues.
Mukilteo Waterfront Redevelopment
“For more than 60 years, 20 acres of prime Mukilteo waterfront was owned by the U.S. Department of Defense (Air Force), closed to access by the public,” stated Mayor Gregerson. “This property was transferred to the Port of Everett and NOAA, and now we finally have a chance to reclaim a significant portion of our waterfront but we need some financial assistance. This demolition and sitework will help prepare the City properties for development as parks and commercial spaces.”
To ensure that the waterfront will be developed according to a common vision, the City developed a Downtown Waterfront Master Plan that integrates the multimodal ferry terminal with a vibrant downtown, public parks and beach access. This Master Plan plan can be viewed on the City’s website.
Japanese Gulch Creek Restoration
“The City has completed several improvements in Japanese Gulch Creek that have allowed salmon to return to this creek,” said Council President Bob Champion, “The next steps will open up the creek, which is currently running under the cement of the old tank farm.” Restoration at the site will improve salmon habitat and the Puget Sound shoreline, and will allow viewing access for visitors and residents alike.
“I look forward to visiting our representatives and others to tell the story of Mukilteo’s priorities and what our state government can do to invest in these important projects,” said Mayor Gregerson.