The Center for Wooden Boats in South Lake Union. Photo by DrBjorn.
At the Beat we LOVE! the Center For Wooden Boats, and the people who run it. So we’re delighted to post this piece from KOMO! (with permission)
South Lake Union’s Center for Wooden Boats moved a step closer to opening a second location on the west side of Gas Works Park after the King County Council voted unanimously Sept. 12 to support negotiations between the Center for Wooden Boats and King County Metro.
The land the Center for Wooden Boats would be occupying is owned by Metro and currently holds a warehouse and parking lot.
“County-owned property on North Lake Union has the potential to provide a great home for the Center for Wooden Boats and wonderful opportunities for the community to experience maritime heritage and have access to waterfront property on North Lake Union,” Councilmember Larry Phillips said in a press release. “Negotiating an interim lease allows these plants to move forward while the parties work though the complex legal, financial and environmental issues involved with the site.”
Lease negotiations between the Center for Wooden Boats and Metro broke down in 2010. But with the Sept. 12 vote, the Center for Wooden Boats can sign an interim lease, which will allow it to use the space while negotiations continue.
The Center for Wooden Boats sees the new site as a way of providing public access to the lake and boating education on the north side of Lake Union.