The former Marina Village Inn on the waterfront will likely be replaced with a medical clinic and administrative offices, a move that will cost the Port of Everett $100,000 over the next decade.
Port of Everett commissioners approved the new use of the facility Tuesday morning, allowing changes in lease documents that will enable the inn and adjacent conference center to become medical offices.
The 3-0 vote came at the port’s regular meeting following a closed-door discussion on the lease and unrelated legal issues.
Port director John Mohr said the change will likely mean the port will receive $10,000 a year less over the remaining 10 years of the lease.
Tom Hoban of Coast Management said the prospective tenants planned to jointly use the facility. He said he couldn’t identify the tenants Tuesday, but expected an announcement soon on specific plans for the former inn property.
The inn closed after Memorial Day following a largely successful 19-year run.
Business travel and meetings dropped off dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said co-owner SuChampion.
Mohr said competition from a second hotel on the waterfront may also have been a factor, as well as the fact that the inn was independent and not part of a national chain.