Bayside Marine co-owners Dan Hatch (left) and Jeff LaLone at their dry dock facility along the developing Everett waterfront. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bayside Marine co-owners Dan Hatch (left) and Jeff LaLone at their dry dock facility along the developing Everett waterfront. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Like the airport, Port of Everett area is ready to take off

There and elsewhere, big projects are under way or completed, fueling even more growth in the region.

EVERETT — The owners of Everett Bayside Marine are looking forward to the opening of a 266-unit apartment on the Everett waterfront.

It will bring housing to the waterfront for the first time and add several hundred residents — many of whom “are going to want a boat,” said Jeff LaLone, who owns Bayside Marine with Dan Hatch.

Bayside, which sells used boats and provides dry dock storage, is banking on the port’s continued expansion in 2021.

The 34-year-old business plans to enlarge its indoor storage facility, raising dry-stack storage capacity from 154 boats to 204, LaLone said.

Boats up to 32 feet are stacked and stored in the heated facility. When owners wants to go for a spin, “they call an hour or two ahead of time and we have it in the water when they arrive,” LaLone said.

A string of high-profile projects cut the ribbon in 2019 and opened their doors. Now those big projects — some completed, some under way — are fueling further development or inspiring existing businesses, like Bayside, to expand.

It’s an impressive list:

■ Commercial airline service began at Paine Field’s new two-gate passenger terminal in March.

Hotel Indigo, the first completed private development at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place district, welcomed its first guests last summer. It’s generated about 50 jobs so far, and that’s expected to rise to 70 during the summer.

■ A block east of the hotel, heavy-equipment crews are readying a 5-acre site for construction of the 266-unit Waterfront Place Apartments.

■ In Lynnwood, the city’s planned light-rail station has become a focal point for private developers. One plan would construct 1,370 housing units and 750,000 square feet of office and retail space near 196th Street SW, just blocks from I-5 and the planned Sound Transit Link station.

The Waterfront Place development district of the Port of Everett, with the Hotel Indigo (bottom center). (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)

The Waterfront Place development district of the Port of Everett, with the Hotel Indigo (bottom center). (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)

Bayside has waited more than a decade for the port to pop.

In the early 2000s, “we had stars in our eyes,” LaLone said. “There was supposed to be a city springing up with 660 waterfront condos at the port.” By 2010 the project was officially scuttled after its sponsor, Maritime Trust, filed for bankruptcy.

In 2018, SeaLevel Properties, a division of Mercer Island-based American Classic homes, purchased the property at 1300 West Marine View Drive and announced plans to build.

“It was a great month when we saw the groundbreaking for the (Waterfront Place) apartments,” LaLone said.

SeaLevel is partnering with Calgary-based development firm Gracorp to complete the two-building complex in spring and summer 2021.

“We always felt that this was going to happen — it just kind of chugged along slower than we thought,” LaLone said.

The apartments clinched the deal on Bayside’s decision to boost dry-stack storage capacity.

The service is especially prized by apartment dwellers with limited parking space, LaLone said.

“They don’t have to have a truck or trailer or a slip at the marina,” he said.

LaLone expects the added capacity will allow mechanics to draw a full-time paycheck during the off season instead of working reduced hours. And more boat sales could equal more new hires.

Port officials are working with Leibsohn & Co., a Bellevue real estate firm, to identify potential tenants for six retail buildings and an office building the port plans to build over the next few years, as demand dictates. The port plans to begin construction of an office building near Pacific Rim Plaza this year.

“Retail follows rooftops,” said Terrie Battuello, the port’s chief of business development. With Waterfront Place Apartments expected to house more than 500 people, residents will need nearby restaurants, a grocery store and other shops within walking distance, Battuello said.


On March 4, the first Alaska Airlines commercial passenger flight took off from Paine Field’s new two-gate passenger terminal, built and now operated by privately held Propeller Airports.

At the end of March, United Airlines followed suit with daily round trips to hubs in San Francisco and Denver.

The two carriers quickly reached the Paine Field limit of 24 daily departures and 24 arrivals set by federal regulators.

It took decades for Snohomish County officials to approve commercial airline service at Paine Field and it was a lengthy process for the airlines and terminal to obtain federal approval. But once the wheels left the ground, new development came calling.

A rendering of the planned Marriott-brand hotels on Airport Road near Paine Field in Everett. (SMJ Management)

A rendering of the planned Marriott-brand hotels on Airport Road near Paine Field in Everett. (SMJ Management)

A month after the start of airline service, in mid-April, Everett city officials saw a proposal for construction of two Marriott-brand hotels on Airport Road near the new passenger terminal.

SMJ Management, which manages hotels in the Everett area and Burlington, presented plans to build a 128-room SpringHill Suites and a 74-unit TownPlace Suites in the 11400 block of Airport Road, on the east side near 112th Street SW, sometime in 2021. Parking for 208 vehicles is planned.

The hotels will be side by side, share a front desk and offer a coveted perk — park-and-fly privileges for guests: Spend a night at the hotel and you can leave your car in the parking lot and take the shuttle to the airport.

“Now we’re working on a final interior design to submit to Marriott International for approval,” Pyung Woo Lee, the firm’s project and finance manager, told The Daily Herald.

The firm hopes to break ground on the project this winter and roll out the red carpet in 12 to 18 months. “We’ve submitted a land use permit to the City of Everett,” Lee said.

Site of the proposed Northline Village development in Lynnwood, with 44th Avenue West at left and 196th Street SW in the foreground. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)

Site of the proposed Northline Village development in Lynnwood, with 44th Avenue West at left and 196th Street SW in the foreground. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)

In Lynnwood, officials are preparing for the emergence of a new downtown core centered around the arrival of light rail.

Last month, the Lynnwood City Council voted in favor of a 15-year development agreement for Northline Village, a project that would reshape the present Lynnwood Square block with 1,370 housing units, seven-story office buildings, 170,000 square feet of retail space and 4,700 parking spots — all within walking distance of the light rail station.

Northline Village is one of many projects expected to benefit from light rail, which is set to open in 2024.

Farther north, Web Industries, a Boston-based aerospace company that specializes in carbon fiber, broke ground in October on a new manufacturing plant at Cascade Industrial Center. The 4,000-acre center is on the borders of Marysville and Arlington. Web’s products are used in the production of Boeing’s 787 and the wings of the 777X. It’s expected to bring more than 70 jobs to the region.

Janice Podsada;; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods

Talk to us

More in Herald Business Journal

Members of Gravitics' team and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen stand in front of a mockup of a space module interior on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at Gravitics' Marysville facility. Left to right: Mark Tiner, government affairs representative; Jiral Shah, business development; U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen; Mike DeRosa, marketing; Scott Macklin, lead engineer. (Gravitics.)
Marysville startup prepares for space — the financial frontier

Gravitics is building space station module prototypes to one day house space travelers and researchers.

Orca Mobility designer Mike Lowell, left, and CEO Bill Messing at their office on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023 in Granite Falls, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Could a Granite Falls startup’s three-wheeler revolutionize delivery?

Orca Mobility’s battery-powered, three-wheel truck is built on a motorcycle frame. Now, they aim to make it self-driving.

Catherine Robinweiler leads the class during a lab session at Edmonds College on April 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Grant aids apprenticeship program in Mukilteo and elsewhere

A $5.6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant will boost apprenticeships for special education teachers and nurses.

Peoples Bank is placing piggy banks with $30 around Washington starting Aug. 1.
(Peoples Bank)
Peoples Bank grant program seeks proposals from nonprofits

Peoples Bank offers up to $35,000 in Impact Grants aimed at helping communities. Applications due Sept. 15.

Workers build the first all-electric commuter plane, the Eviation Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Arlington’s Eviation selects Seattle firm to configure production plane

TLG Aerospace chosen to configure Eviation Aircraft’s all-electric commuter plane for mass production.

Jim Simpson leans on Blue Ray III, one of his designs, in his shop on Friday, August 25, 2023, in Clinton, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Whidbey Island master mechanic building dream car from “Speed Racer”

Jim Simpson, 68, of Clinton, is using his knowledge of sports cars to assemble his own Mach Five.

Yansi De La Cruz molds a cheese mixture into bone shapes at Himalayan Dog Chew on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Give a dog a bone? How about a hard cheese chew from Arlington instead!

Launched from a kitchen table in 2003, Himalayan Pet Supply now employs 160 workers at its new Arlington factory.

Inside the new Boeing 737 simulator at Simulation Flight in Mukilteo, Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
New Boeing 737 simulator takes ‘flight’ in Mukilteo

Pilots can test their flying skills or up their game at Simulation Flight in Mukilteo.

An Amazon worker transfers and organizes items at the new PAE2 Amazon Fulfillment Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amazon cuts ribbon on colossal $355M fulfillment center in Arlington

At 2.8 million square feet, the facility is the largest of its kind in Washington. It can hold 40 million “units” of inventory.

A computer rendering of the North Creek Commerce Center industrial park in development at 18712 Bothell-Everett Highway. (Kidder Mathews)
Developer breaks ground on new Bothell industrial park

The North Creek Commerce Center on Bothell Everett Highway will provide warehouse and office space in three buildings.

Dan Bates / The Herald
Funko president, Brian Mariotti is excited about the growth that has led his company to need a 62,000 square foot facility in Lynnwood.
Photo Taken: 102312
Former Funko CEO resigns from the Everett company

Brian Mariotti resigned Sept. 1, six weeks after announcing he was taking a six-month sabbatical from the company.

Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Paper or plastic? Snohomish County may require businesses to take cash

County Council member Nate Nehring proposed an ordinance to ban cashless sales under $200. He hopes cities will follow suit.