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After years of operating at a loss, the Port of Seattle has a $35 million plan to redevelop Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard.

The Fishermen’s Terminal is made up of 20 buildings, 969 parking spots, 26 acres of dry land, and docks with 500 boat slips. Under the plan, the Seattle Ship Supply facility will be demolished and renovated for maritime uses, reports PSBJ. The 10,000-square-foot building is unoccupied and “not leasable without significant upgrades,” according to an April 2016 strategic planning report prepared by Via Architecture of Seattle.

The Miller Hull Partnership will work on the design of the first phase, which calls for the construction of two new buildings. One building will be a “Gateway” marine sales and services/warehouse building near the terminal’s main entrance. The other will be a light industrial building along the west property line.

The renovation calls for the demolition of two large net sheds, but there will still be enough net lockers to accommodate commercial fishers, and they will be given first priority. Accordingly, the Port is working to relocate net shed tenants as needed to accommodate all fishers displaced from the demolished net sheds. Only non-professional fishers will lose their net lockers as part of the required net shed consolidation.

A recent economic impact study found that, each year, commercial fishing activity at Fishermen’s Terminal generates $450 million in business revenue and nearly $40 million in state and local taxes. The port hopes to double these numbers.

An open house on the Fishermen’s Terminal plan is scheduled for Friday, October 20th from 10 to 11 am at the Nordby Conference Center (3919 18th Ave. West, Seattle).

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