Public wants access to waterfront via mill site

  • Sat May 12th, 2012 4:46pm
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By Debra Smith Herald Writer

EVERETT — Public access to the waterfront should be a top concern for the redevelopment of the Kimberly-Clark mill site.

That’s one of the key findings of a city survey that asked the public what they think should happen to the prime waterfront land.

Other top responses favor family-wage jobs and cleaning up pollution on site.

Some people also shared their own ideas about what should replace the shuttered mill. They include: a ferry landing, green industry, a theme park, a bird sanctuary, shops and art galleries.

Ultimately, it will be up to property owner Kimberly-Clark to choose a buyer for the site.

Now that the company is selling the 66-acre site, the city is deciding if it should craft rules to limit the type of development allowed at the mill site and on adjacent properties.

The City Council placed a six-month moratorium on any new development, which is set to expire Aug. 15.

Around 300 people responded to the survey. The city asked people to rank what they find most important, including public access, waterfront views, pollution clean-up, jobs and property rights.

The city also solicited opinions and ideas on the future of the property, and results include 21 pages of single-spaced answers.

The online survey results are not scientifically valid, said Allan Giffen, Everett’s Planning and Community Development director. They merely serve as a way for the city’s staff to get a sense of the community’s wishes.

The city is waiting on the results of an economic consultant’s report before making any decisions. That’s expected in June.

Debra Smith: 425-339-3197; dsmith@heraldnet.com.

Results

Find complete survey results online with this story at www.HeraldNet.com.