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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 has the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee been 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.  

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.

What Have We Heard from the Public?

Commerce has conducted public outreach through methods including open houses, community and agency briefings, email, and individual interviews.  A comprehensive analysis of public engagement can be found in the report below.

Advisory Committee Communications Report

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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

Past Meetings

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

Milestone: Final Recommendations and Report
National Guard Armory
1601 West Armory Way
Seattle, WA, 98119
9:00 am– 12:30pm

Meeting Agenda
Adopted Interbay Findings and Recommendations
Updated Redevelopment Concepts Benefits Comparison
Updated Redevelopment Concepts Matrix

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
Special Projects Manager