Port gets new tenant for Waterfront Center

By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer

EVERETT — More than two-thirds of the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Center now has tenants.

That amount is a high-water mark for the building, which the port has struggled to fill since opening the 43,500 square feet of office and retail space in 2011.

Last month, Eagle Home Mortgage signed a five-year lease for 1,168 square feet of the first floor lobby. The office is expected to have 10 employees, according to the Port of Everett.

“We’re excited to be close to downtown Everett and Naval Station Everett,” Sharol Bjorgo, manager of Eagle Home Mortgage’s Bellevue branch, said in a news release from the port. “This prime waterfront location is expanding as a destination as the Waterfront Place Central development takes off.”

Bluewater Organic Distilling signed a new five-year lease that nearly doubles its space at Waterfront Center. The company plans to add a restaurant and a cocktail lounge, and to expand its distilling operations.

“Our goal is to create a comfortable, casual locale where guests can take in the sunset view over the marina while enjoying the finest and most original cocktails in the region,” owner John Lundin said in the release.

This winter the company will move its current warehouse location at Waterfront Center to a nearly 4,800-square-foot space on the northwest side of the building, according to the port.

Retail sales won’t be affected by the move, he said.

Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA), a high school program run by Everett Community College, also signed a five-year lease expanding its space to accommodate more students starting this fall.

ORCA is also slated to get a new 34-foot research vessel around the same time, according to the release.

ISIS, a private security firm, has also signed a one-year lease.

Construction on Waterfront Center began in 2009 and cost about $9.6 million. It is part of the port’s Waterfront Place redevelopment plan.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dcatchpole.