I spent most of my morning being sad and angry while the article about the Port of Everett’s waterfront plans (“The Port of Everett hlopes to mix some wine with the water,” The Herald. Sept. 5) . The interview with an enthused port CEO Lisa Lefeber was very disheartening. It reads hollow and with deceptions; a little too late for all this faux excitement in my opinion.
The good membership of Historic Everett and the Washington State Historic Preservation office would also have to say that much information was conveniently left out on the history of attempts to bring waterfront anchor site much like Woodinville’s wine and brewery scene to the Everett waterfront.
In 2009-10 a vital group of local citizens encouraged and connected with vintners and pub owners to consider a new concept of developing the Everett waterfront, i.e. The Collins Building. A bit of research on your part will give quite of bit of background about the process used by the Port (John Moore and Lefeber) manipulating the demise of using the Collins Building for just the vision of which you reported.
As I recall in a Herald article on June 16, 2010, the vote by newly elected port commissioners to demolish the last post-and-timber structure on the waterfront. Although the article did not give the full story it did allude to the efforts being made by city and state historic organizations to save and utilize this vital building. A very popular pub from Oregon was very interested but was rebuffed by port officials at every turn. This popular pub then chose Bothell’s old school property to develop a very successful enterprise it is today.
What a sham this whole debacle has developed in the short period of 11 years. Did the Port think we all would have such short memories. And to think my property taxes go to support this so-called public owned port district.