Grading permit issued to company seeking to build terminal

EVERETT — Snohomish County planners issued a grading permit Wednesday to the company seeking to build an air passenger terminal at Paine Field.

The move was widely expected after Propeller Airports settled a land-use appeal earlier in April over the terminal’s stormwater drainage plans.

Groundbreaking is expected by summer, CEO Brett Smith said.

Before that happens, the company needs to sign a lease agreement with Snohomish County. The county is due to receive about $429,000 in yearly rent once that takes effect.

Plans call for a 29,300-square-foot terminal building with two gates.

“We believe this is good for Snohomish County,” County Executive Dave Somers said. “Our economy and the creation of new jobs depends on the movement of people and goods. Once Paine Field Airport includes commercial flights, our region will have another tool for economic growth. We remain sensitive to neighbors’ concerns about commercial service and will continue to engage with them.”

No potential air carriers have been announced. The company hopes to start service in mid-2018.

The terminal could handle up to two dozen takeoffs and landings per day. Paine Field already averages more than 300 daily takeoffs and landings, mostly from general aviation and aerospace companies.

The grading permit will allow Propeller to start work at the approximately 11-acre site. Construction of the terminal itself will require a building permit. No building permit application had come in as of Friday, said Tom Barnett, a project manager with the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services.

The terminal would go up next to the airport’s control tower, which is reachable from 100th Street SW off Airport Road.

Noah Haglund: 425- 339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @NWhaglund.

Talk to us

More in Local News

King County map logo
Tribal members dance to start an assemble on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day Friday evening at Tulalip Gathering Hall in Tulalip, Washington on September 30, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
‘Still here’: Tulalip boarding school descendants celebrate resilience

On Orange Shirt Day, a national day of remembrance, the Tulalip Tribes honored those who suffered due to violent cultural suppression.

Councilmember Megan Dunn, left, stands next to County Executive Dave Somers as he presents his 2023 budget proposal to her, Councilmember Nate Nehring and Councilmember Sam Low. (Snohomish County)
As County Council begins budget talks, here’s how you can weigh in.

Department heads will make their pitches in the next few days. Residents will get a say at a forum and two hearings this month

Representative Rick Larsen speaks at the March For Our Lives rally on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Larsen to hold community meeting in Everett on Monday

The veteran Democratic lawmaker will address recent legislation passed by Congress and other topics.

Everett
Everett gets state Auditor’s Office stewardship award

State Auditor Pat McCarthy presented the award during the most recent Everett City Council meeting.

Food forum
Cookie bars fit for hungry fishermen

Laurie Olsen makes these decadent bars for her fisherman husband and crew aboard the St. John II.

Dan Stucki grabs a free coffee from Espresso Chalet before heading out on his first day to assess the Bolt Creek Fire on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Stucki served as a division supervisor and traveled from Utah to help contain the fire. He's been a firefighter for 21 years. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)
Gold Bar coffee shop fuels hundreds of firefighters amid Bolt Creek blaze

The massive blaze threatened Espresso Chalet. That didn’t stop owners Mark and Sandy Klein from giving firefighters free cups of coffee.

NO CAPTION. Logo to accompany news of Washington state.
$500M-plus from opioid deal starts heading to Washington

The first settlement payments will begin reaching Washington communities in December.

Former television food personality Graham Kerr meets with residents of Windsor Square Senior Living before giving a presentation on Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
At 88, TV chef ‘Galloping Gourmet’ still sizzles with the ladies

Graham Kerr, the granddad of cooking entertainment shows in the 1960s, calls Snohomish County home.

Most Read