Interbay Armory Relocation and Redevelopment Planning

Client: Washington State Department of Commerce

Location: Seattle, WA

Interbay Project Site

About the Project

As the Washington Military Department plans to relocate its National Guard facility from Seattle’s Ballard/Interbay manufacturing industrial center, there are significant political, financial, and logistical implications that must be factored into potential future plans for the nearly 25-acre site.

Meet the Client

The property presents a unique development opportunity in a tight Seattle real estate market. However, the National Guard performs an essential public function and will need to be fully operational on a new site before any development occurs on the Interbay property. To help develop a plan to maximize the public benefit and economic development opportunities at the site, the state legislature established and tasked a committee through the Department of Commerce to oversee a redevelopment planning process.

 

Key Project Solutions

MFA led a team of consultants to deliver the following outcomes to the committee:

  • Evaluation and reporting of existing conditions through Environmental Site Assessment
  • Preparation and presentation of redevelopment scenarios with a compelling vision for the future
  • Sharing information and gather feedback from key stakeholders through public meetings, surveys, and interviews
  • Feasible path for relocation of the National Guard facility (subconsultant)
  • Creation of an implementation plan to support the reuse of the Interbay property

Efforts on this project reached a key milestone in November 2019, when a final report including the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee’s recommendations and implementation plan was given to the legislature and Office of the Governor.

Meeting attendees at the Interbay project open house

Attendees participating in exercise at the Interbay Armory project open house

Contact Us
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Jim Darling

Principal Planner