A long time coming: Ground broken for port’s first apartments


Ground broken for port’s first apartments

The 266-unit Waterfront Place Apartments took another step toward reality on Wednesday.

EVERETT — Bob and Vicki Temple want to be among the first people to call the Everett waterfront home.

On Wednesday, they witnessed developers, port officials and city leaders dig shovels into a pile of dirt for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the 266-unit Waterfront Place Apartments.

SeaLevel Properties Director John Shaw said a “new era” was coming to the port.

For those gathered, the event served as a visual cue: After two decades of planning and talking and unexpected challenges, the port’s first housing project is becoming a reality.

In fact, construction workers have been working on the 5.44 acre patch of land since mid-September.

“I know many people had doubts we’d ever be here,” said port CEO Lisa Lefeber. “We’re here today. It’s happening.”

“We’re standing in the epicenter of what was Everett’s milltown and industrial core,” said Port Commissioner Glen Bachman. “… It’s now become the hub of revitalization for all of Everett.”

The Temples said they want to nab a one-bedroom apartment at Waterfront Place Apartments. They’ve been talking about downsizing from their Silver Lake house for a couple of years now.

“We just want to have a place that’s beautiful and that we enjoy,” Vicki Temple said.

Bob Temple said he looks forward to waking up to the sea and the mountains every morning. He grew up in a similar setting, he said, at his parents’ house in Richmond Beach.

“Something draws you in,” he said.

Waterfront Place Apartments is set to open in the spring of 2021.