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Port Purchases Marina Buildings from Westport Shipyard

Burlington – The Port of Skagit Board of Commissioners approved a purchase-and-sale agreement today to acquire two buildings at the La Conner Marina from Westport Shipyard Inc. The purchase price was $2.75 million.

The port expects to lease the buildings, which total 59,000 square feet, to two current marina tenants that are planning to expand. The facilities will enable Mavrik Marine and Maritime Fabrication to create and retain 103 jobs. The funding for the purchase includes a $150,000 grant and $1.35-million low-interest loan from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board. The CERB funding was approved on May 17 at a meeting in Olympia.

“This was a great opportunity for the Port of Skagit,” said Bill Shuler, port commission president. “We really appreciate the help that CERB is giving us to buy these buildings so we can put people back to work in them.”

Westport had used the buildings to manufacture the Pacific Mariner line of pleasure boats from the early 1990s through mid-2010, when production ceased. They have been idle since then. Employment in the Westport buildings peaked at 128 jobs in April 2008, before the effect of the recession hit the pleasure boat industry and forced Westport to shut down its La Conner operations.

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email andrew@portofskagit.com