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Northlake Community Wharf Update

September 22, 2011

King County Council directs Metro and The Center for Wooden Boats to move ahead on the first steps toward the Northlake Community Wharf.

The King County Council this month unanimously directed Metro and The Center for Wooden Boats to negotiate an interim lease for CWB to use the landside portion of an old Metro fuel facility at the North end of Lake Union.  An interim lease would be the first step major step toward fulfilling the vision of the Seattle/King County Maritime Heritage Task Force that called in 2005 for the creation of a Northlake Community Wharf on the site just West of Gasworks park.

The interim lease would cover CWB’s use of the 5,000-square foot warehouse on the site, along with the open yard space next to the building for boat storage, restoration, maintenance, and other compatible activities. This first lease will also give all parties involved more time to continue the to look at and develop plans to deal with environmental issues related to the site’s long time use as a marine fuel facility.

The long term vision for the Northlake Community Wharf calls for it to be a new point of access to the water for neighborhoods to the North of Lake Union and to be a place where people who live nearby can get involved in and restoration and repair of heritage vessels.

Press Coverage:

Center for Wooden Boats moves forward on plans for north Lake Union site

Second site for Center for Wooden Boats…here!

Lake Union site may become ‘community wharf’

Potential new home for The Center for Wooden Boats at North Lake Union

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