The City of Des Moines, Washington, is soliciting qualifications from interested developers, business owners, and prospective tenants for a development parcel located at the City’s Marina. The development parcel is a critical piece to the City’s vision of the Marina as a vibrant, mixed-use area. As part of this vision, the City is committed to investing in significant public space and connections to Downtown Des Moines, including a dramatic series of steps (“Marina Steps”) adjacent to the development parcel. Interested partners may have the opportunity to integrate their plans and designs with the planned Marina Steps. Allowed uses include office, hotel, retail/restaurants, and maker spaces.
The development parcel is located along the Puget Sound on the north end of the Des Moines Marina, a +/- 29-acre working marina that is owned and operated by the City of Des Moines. The marina currently includes 806 boat slips, a working boatyard, dry storage, an esplanade, and public access areas to the Puget Sound for fishing and recreation. The Quarterdeck, a “container café” serving wine, beer, and coffee, has opened near the Harbormaster’s Office on the north end of the Marina. SR3, a marine mammal rescue non-profit, is currently locating a marine mammal hospital (first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest) on a portion of land at the south of the Marina. Additionally, the City is expanding visitor facilities for Marina guest moorage, Ranger Tugs recently leased dock space to showcase and sell their boats, and Silverback Marine is working with the City to establish boat production and showcase facilities.
The parcel is located just north of the planned Marina Steps and is envisioned as a 30,000 square foot site.
The City of Des Moines is working on a multi-year project to update its waterfront and marina.
The redevelopment will be anchored by the new Marina Steps, which will provide a much-needed pedestrian link between downtown Des Moines and its waterfront. The steps will showcase the views and natural beauty of the area and provide community gathering spaces.
“This is an outstanding effort by the City of Des Moines to reimagine their waterfront and create a new community space,” said Josh Brown, PSRC’s Executive Director. Josh visited with City Manager Michael Matthias and took a tour of the area. “There has been so much thoughtful planning and community engagement that is moving this project forward, and it’s a great example of how cities around the region are working to invest in the future of their communities.”
The Marina Steps are the first phase in a master plan that includes public and private investment. The final project will be a 45,265-square-foot activity hub connecting to an improved marina with more moorage and storage as well as opportunities for maritime business and retail.
The steps will also include some innovative stormwater features, including water infiltration planters along the pedestrian walk, reconnections of natural drainage, and a landscape infiltration treatment on the corridor between the city and Puget Sound.
The City of Des Moines is also planning improvements to the adjacent Beach Park and Overlook Park areas above the Marina, to further integrate the new development and create better pedestrian connections.
"I had a wonderful opportunity to take a tour of the Des Moines Marina and the plan underway to reimagine its waterfront and create a new community space. The centerpiece is the new Marina Steps. They will create a pedestrian link between downtown and the waterfront, showcase the view, and provide an innovative stormwater solution. Thanks to City Manager Michael Matthias for the visionary day."
Josh Brown, Executive Director - PSRC