Commuters from Whidbey Island disembark their vehicles from the ferry Tokitae 2018 in Mukilteo. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Commuters from Whidbey Island disembark their vehicles from the ferry Tokitae 2018 in Mukilteo. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Whidbey port working on overnight ferry parking in Mukilteo

A parking garage has been discussed for more than a decade. Now it finally might happen.

CLINTON — Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Curt Gordon has been talking about parking for more than a decade.

He began his efforts to add overnight parking for ferry passengers on the Mukilteo side of the Clinton ferry run in 2008.

After surmounting several obstacles, it appears his vision may become a reality.

“I’m cautiously really optimistic and excited,” Gordon said.

The port had a tentative agreement with the Tulalip Tribes to build a parking lot on property it owned near the new multi-modal ferry terminal, still under construction, but those plans fell through in recent months.

Then another opportunity recently presented itself, according to Gordon. The port has been in contact with the Land Pro Group, which is in the process of obtaining permits for a multi-story parking garage near the ferry terminal. Plans include retail space on the first level, said port Executive Director Stan Reeves.

Officials at Land Pro Group talked about reserving some of the approximately 200 potential spaces for overnight use by ferry passengers.

Discussions are still preliminary, and there hasn’t been any money allocated toward the project yet, Gordon said. The opportunity will be discussed at the port’s next regular meeting Feb. 14.

The port already helped complete a parking demand study and traffic study, which would be required for the developer’s plan to go through, Reeves said.

“We’ve already checked the boxes for some of the requirements for this project,” he said. “We’re willing to share this data with these folks if it means we can get some dedicated parking.”

This story originally appeared in the South Whidbey Record, a sibling paper to the Herald.

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