Meydenbauer Bay Park and Marina Projects
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City staff are working on plans to bring properties at Meydenbauer Bay Park and Marina into compliance with grant requirements. The two projects will provide 14 transient moorage (aka visitor tie-up) slips at the marina and public access to two additional waterfront properties via Meydenbauer Beach Park.
- The city purchased the Bellevue Yacht Basin (commonly referred to as Pier 3) in 1993, and the Meydenbauer Bay Marina (Piers 1 and 2) in 1998. The state, through its Boating Facility Program, provided $1 million in grants for these acquisitions, which require the city to provide at least 14 transient moorage slips to the public. The city does not currently offer visitor tie-up moorage.
- In 2003 the city purchased two waterfront properties, known as Kim and Henrich. The state provided $1.48 million in grants for these acquisitions. Grant agreements require that the homes be removed and the property made available for public access.
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City staff worked with the Meydenbauer neighborhood and KPFF Consulting Engineering team to identify a preferred design to accommodate visitor moorage.
The preferred visitor moorage plan renovates the unused area at Pier 3 to provide the required 14 visitor moorage slips and ADA access. This preferred design not only meets the legal requirements of the grant, but also:
- Is the lowest cost option;
- Displaces no existing tenants;
- Maintains the security of existing slips;
- Allows easy access to the shoreline for the visiting boaters;
- Provides safe routes of navigation;
- Maintains a safe distance from the adjacent Yacht Club's youth sailing program;
- Is supported by the neighborhood; and
- Provides visitor moorage for people with disabilities.
In the Fall of 2012 the two waterfront houses were removed, and the areas were hydroseeded and fenced. The four failing residential docks were left in place until shoreline and in-water permitting would allow removal.
Environmental and construction permitting for the visitor moorage renovations and residential dock removal is complete, and the project is in the process of being publicly bid.
Staff continues to research and draft management strategies to implement successful visitor moorage.
- April/May 2013 - Public bid and contracting for visitor moorage and dock removal.
- Summer 2013 - Construction will be scheduled to minimize disruption to marina tenants and park users. Although land-oriented ADA parking lot work can begin earlier in the summer, in-water work will be scheduled to comply with permitted timeframes (July 16 through September 30). Marina work will be curtailed during high use times such as the 4th of July, Seafair and Labor Day weekends. Construction should be complete in Fall 2013.
- Spring/Summer 2013 - Visitor Moorage Management Plan and neighborhood meeting research continues. We are drafting the plan and will have it ready to share soon.
- Late Fall 2013 or Early 2014 - Visitor moorage will be available for public use.
- Summer 2014 - The Utility Department's Sewer Lake Line Replacement project, previously scheduled to occur the summer of 2013, has been postponed until next summer.
- 2014/2015 - Public access to the residentially-zoned park properties cannot occur until undergoing land use permitting, so fencing will need to remain in place until park use is permitted. In December 2012 City Council approved capital funds to implement an initial phase of park development (west of 99th Avenue SE) of the Meydenbauer Bay Park & Land Use Plan. We look forward to re-engaging with the neighborhood and greater community to inform this phase of development.