Swift Center Celebration

The public is invited to celebrate the transfer on Friday, June 29.

  • Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Location: 2070 Northern State Rd.


The Port of Skagit celebration on Friday, June 29 features the following speakers:

Public celebration 

Jim Darling, Maul Foster & Alongi, consultant to the Port of Skagit

Peter Janicki, Founder & CEO of Janicki Bioenergy

Russell Olsen, Director of Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA)

Deborah Burgess Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Chris Liu, Director of Department of Enterprise Services

Patsy Martin, Executive Director of Port of Skagit

Commissioner Kevin Ware, Port of Skagit



The transfer of the former Northern State Hospital site from the State of Washington to the Port of Skagit was made possible thanks to a collaborative planning process that includes:

  • City of Sedro-Woolley
  • Port of Skagit
  • Skagit County
  • Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
  • Economic Development Association of Skagit County
  • Office of Gov. Jay Inslee
  • State Rep. Dan Kristiansen and Sen. Keith Wagoner 
  • State Director for USDA Rural Development in Washington State, Kirk Pearson
  • Washington Department of Enterprise Services
  • Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
  • Washington Department of Commerce
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Washington Department of Health
  • Washington Department of Social and Health Services
  • Washington State Office of Financial Management
  • Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
  • Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency
  • Washington State Transportation Improvement Board
  • Staff representing federal elected officials
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Interlocal agreement

An interlocal agreementforged the following common goals:

  • Encourage the private sector to create and sustain jobs benefitting all Skagit County and its citizens.
  • Continue to promote public recreational use of the property.
  • Protect environmentally sensitive areas such as Hansen Creek.
  • Acknowledge and protect the historic significance of the property to the local community, the wider region and the state of Washington.
  • Acknowledge and respect the interests of the neighboring Upper Skagit Indian Tribe.


Site background

The Northern State Hospital site was constructed in 1912. It was designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm and is listed as historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The property has been underutilized since the hospital closed in 1973. At that time, the state turned about 700 acres of Northern State’s farmlands and agricultural buildings over to Skagit County for habitat improvement and recreational use. The remaining 225-acre property re-opened in a limited capacity in 1978 as a Multi-Service Center for the U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Social and Health Services.

In recent years, it was managed by the state Department of Enterprise Services, which leased buildings and grounds to a number of organizations, including the federal Department of Labor for a Job Corps training and education facility and Pioneer Human Services, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health services.

Looking ahead, the Port has approved new design guidelines will use federal standards to prioritize the revitalization of selected structures on the property to preserve the original Olmsted design as the new innovation and clean technology campus is developed.