The Port of Everett and local and federal officials celebrated the beginning of a long-planned $36 million Norton Terminal project Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony at the former Kimberly-Clark mill site.
Thursday’s event was a big moment for the port, marking the site’s final cleanup of the site to make way for a new marine terminal. It’s the centerpiece of the port’s “Mills to Maritime” initiative, an over $100 million plan to redevelop the old mill site into a new hub for maritime business, according to the port.
“This project is mission critical to this community and the economic vitality of our working waterfront and region,” port CEO Lisa Lefeber said. “This work literally paves the way to our economic recovery, supporting cargo and industry diversification and restoring meaningful family-wage jobs to this site.”
Part of the funding for the work comes from a $17.75 million federal BUILD grant administered through MARAD and a $7.65 million Washington State Department of Ecology MTCA grant, the port said.
Norton Terminal is expected to open in Fall 2022. The project’s estimated to yield over 800 construction jobs and support about 950 jobs.