The former ferry holding lanes are striped and getting ready for cars at the Mukilteo waterfront. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The former ferry holding lanes are striped and getting ready for cars at the Mukilteo waterfront. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mukilteo adds overnight, long-term parking to redeveloped waterfront

The lot in the former ferry holding lanes is “the first little piece” of a 26-acre plan built around a new ferry terminal.

MUKILTEO — For years, the lot across from Ivar’s was a holding block for cars waiting for the ferry.

Now, the lot spells freedom to frolic at the Mukilteo waterfront for as long as you desire.

A parking lot with 99 spaces is set to open Friday, just in time for the end of summer.

But, hey, it’s a start.

Access to the waterfront is what it’s all about.

The Front Street parking lot, operated by the Port of Everett, will have daily, overnight and monthly parking options. The rates will be comparable to parking at Lighthouse Park and other nearby spots run by the city of Mukilteo, port spokesperson Catherine Soper said, with fees evaluated and tweaked based on use and demand.

The port’s lot is subject to Mukilteo’s 25% parking tax and a 10% sales tax in addition to the flat rate, Soper said.

Payment is by a machine on-site or with the LAZ Parking app, which is used at the Everett waterfront and nationwide to find and pay for parking.

Mukilteo’s role in the new parking lot?

“We allow it and collect the tax,” Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine said. “We are glad the Council moved forward and supported that ordinance to allow parking. We definitely need it.”

The city approved the parking lot on a temporary, not permanent, basis.

This is the second summer the lot remained fenced and empty since the new terminal opened in December 2020. The surface was recently sealcoated and striped for its new purpose, and prettied up with landscaping boxes.

The Port of Everett is buying the property for $3.5 million from Mukilteo Landing LLC, which leased the property to Washington State Ferries for the lanes at the old terminal.

“Mukilteo Landing LLC is pleased that the Port of Everett had the vision to incorporate the property as a significant and strategic piece of the developing Mukilteo Waterfront Plan,” Patrick McCourt of Mukilteo Landing LLC wrote in a news release.

Earlier this summer, the port in a partnership with Ivar’s developed the parklet on the water side of Front Street. The parklet quickly became a popular gathering place with a scenic overlook as well as tables for the public and for Ivar’s diners.

The 26 acres for redevelopment on the Mukilteo waterfront stretches from Lighthouse Park to Edgewater Beach and has 11 different landowners. A comprehensive plan, with community input, is in the early stages.

The interim parking lot is a baby step.

“This is the first little piece,” Marine said.

Andrea Brown: 425-339-3443;; Twitter: @reporterbrown.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Arif Ghouseat flips through his work binder in his office conference room Paine Field on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Paine Field Airport director departing for Sea-Tac job

Arif Ghouse, who oversaw the launch of commercial air travel at Paine Field, is leaving after eight years.

NO CAPTION. Logo to accompany news of education.
Public school enrollment still down, even as rural districts grow

Smaller districts in Snohomish County seem to be recovering more quickly — and gaining students — than their urban counterparts.

Angelica Montanari and daughter Makena, 1, outside of the Community Health Center of Snohomish County Everett-Central Clinic on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Amid patient woes, CHC of Snohomish County staffers push for a union

Doctors and nurse practitioners are worried about providers being shut out from clinical decisions, which hurts patient care.

Students make their way after school at Edmonds-Woodway High School on March 12, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
After Edmonds schools internet outage, staff ‘teaching like it’s the 1900s’

“Suspicious activities” on the district’s network delayed classes and caused schedule havoc. “Kids are using pencil and paper again.”

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112
Retooling drug laws, protecting octopus and honoring a cactus

It’s already Day 26. Here’s what’s happening in the 2023 session of the Washington Legislature

April Berg, left, and John Lovick
Snohomish County legislators talk race, policy in Seattle

Rep. April Berg and Sen. John Lovick chatted about Tyre Nichols and education at an event kicking off Black History Month.

A suspect removes a rifle bag from a broken rear window of a Seattle police car on May 30 in downtown Seattle. An Everett man, Jacob D. Little, 24, has been charged with the theft of the high-powered rifle stolen from the car. This image is from the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. 20200904
Everett man sentenced for stealing police gun in Seattle protest

Jacob Little, 26, now faces second-degree murder charges for allegedly killing a man in Renton in August 2020.

Switzerland delegate Markus Herrmann listens while 12th grade students speak with him during a special event set up for their AP Comparative Government class at Glacier Peak High School on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
European delegates talk American culture with Glacier Peak students

Representatives from 18 different EU countries made a stop in Snohomish during their US tour.

Community Transit is leasing a 60-foot articulated BYD battery electric bus this year as an early step in the zero emission planning process. (Community Transit)
Community Transit testing 60-foot electric bus

The agency leased the BYD K11M for $132,000 this year as the first step in its zero-emission planning process.

Most Read