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Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee

In 2018, under enacted SSB 6095, Section 1004 (10), the Department of Commerce was tasked by the Legislature to explore potential future uses of the Interbay Property located in Seattle’s Ballard-Interbay manufacturing industrial center that is currently used as a readiness center by the Washington National Guard (Guard).

The Governor and Legislature appointed members of the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee to advise and help identify potential future uses of the state-owned site. Assuming the Guard is able to relocate, the Advisory Committee will help guide the redevelopment process with the goal of recommending a use that maximizes public benefit.

Where is the National Guard currently located and why do they need to relocate their operations?

The current armory site for the Washington National Guard was built in 1974 and today the facility is insufficient and does not meet current National Guard Readiness Center requirements for mission support. More than 600 personnel are based at the site with weekend mobilization requiring the deployment of large military equipment into and out of the city.  Furthermore, most guardsmen and guardswomen stationed at the site reside farther outside the city, making transportation and congestion issues an increasing concern.

What will the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee be working on?

The Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee has adopted a Committee Charter based on SSB 6095, Section 1004 (10).

In summary, the charter directs the committee to:

  • Work in collaboration with the military department to determine the needs of the Washington State Military Department if it relocates from the Interbay site.
  • Explore future economic development opportunities with public benefit if the Interbay site is vacated by the Washington State Military Department.
  • Explore the potential funding sources, partnerships, and transactions needed to carry out any recommendations made by the committee.  

How will the public be involved?

The next Committee Meeting is Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the National Guard Armory (1601 West Armory Way) at 9:00 AM. The public are invited to present to the Advisory Committee regarding the future uses of the site. Commerce will also be hosting its fourth Open House on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Nordic Museum (2655 NW Market St) at 6:00 PM.

Meeting details will be made available throughout the community, and will also be posted on this website.  To receive the latest updates, make sure to sign up for committee notifications through the form on this page.  To submit a public comment regarding the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee process, please email directly.

What is the expected outcome from this process?

The committee will provide a report to the legislature and the Office of the Governor with recommendations for each of these areas by Nov. 15, 2019.

The committee’s report will include recommendations regarding the structure, composition, and scope of authority of any subsequent state public development authority that may be established to implement the recommendations of the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee.

Attend an Open House!

Join us for the next Open House for the Interbay Project. Meet Committee members and the project team, learn about the project, and provide your feedback to help shape the revitalization of the Interbay Property. We’ll see you there!

Event Information: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Nordic Museum (2655 NW Market St.) at 6:00 PM.

Can’t join? Following the Open House, you can review the boards and information below, under past meetings, and provide comments and questions via email (

What Are We Hearing from the Public?

Commerce has been conducting public outreach through methods including open houses, community and agency briefings, email, and individual interviews.  A comprehensive analysis of public engagement to date can be found in the report and supporting attachments below.  This analysis will be updated periodically throughout the project process.

Community Engagement Report
Public Presentations Received
Public Comments Received

Present Your Ideas or Provide Comments to the Committee

Time will be provided at the beginning of the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee meeting for the public to provide comments, or to even deliver a brief presentation of no more than three minutes in length regarding your vision for what the state should prioritize in the redevelopment of the armory property.  If you would like to prepare a brief presentation for the committee, please RSVP by contacting Commerce at and indicating you intend to deliver a brief presentation.

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Who serves on the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee?

  • Representative Gael Tarleton, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Senator David Frockt, Washington State Senate
  • The Honorable Gary Locke, former Washington State Governor, former US Secretary of Commerce, former US Ambassador to China
  • Brian Lloyd, Vice President, Beacon Development
  • Doris Koo, Community Development and Affordable Housing Expert
  • Colonel Adam Iwaszuk, Construction Facilities Management Officer, Washington Army National Guard
  • Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commission

Upcoming Meetings

Nordic Museum
2655 NW Market St,
Seattle, WA 98107
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Past Meetings

6 – 8:30 p.m.
VFW Hall, 2812 NW Market St, Seattle, WA
Meeting Materials

6 – 8:30 p.m.
VFW Hall, 2812 NW Market St, Seattle, WA
Poster Boards

For more information contact:

Sean Ardussi AICP
Interbay Project Manager