Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring talked about new development and parks in the city at his most coffee klatch meeting on May 24.
The regular informal meetings allow community members to ask questions about the city.
During the pandemic they have been held online and are available on the city’s Facebook page.
Nehring said many commercial and manufacturing entities are coming to the Smokey Point area, including a fish processing plant, a shoe manufacturer and the large NorthPoint Development.
“They [NorthPoint Development] are a nationally renowned company that is building a good chunk of acreage out there to house manufacturing entities,” said Nehring. “This will be something that drives a good portion of job growth in the area."
The industrial center area in the north of the city is meant as a future manufacturing and industrial job center.
“The goal there is family wage jobs. We have commercial in a lot of areas in the city,” said Nehring.
In the central area of the city, work on the hotel at 116th Street is expected to begin again.
“There was a hotel that was started there and the developer had a bad contractor to be honest, and he wasn’t able to finish it,” said Nehring. “It’s been in disrepair for years now and it’s been a concern of mine and the concern of the people who live and do business around there."
The area is private property so the city does not have direct control over it, but it was recently purchased at a bank auction.
Nehring said the new owners are expected to finish it as a new hotel for the area.
Further south, near Comeford Park, the city’s new Civic Campus is under construction.
“Right now we have buildings scattered all over. Old buildings in need of repair and investment, and rather than do that we will be able to consolidate everything,” said Nehring.
The new facility will provide new spaces for city hall, the city jail, the police station and the courts.
The former city buildings are being planned for new uses.
The Marysville Municipal Courthouse is set to replace the Ken Baxter Community Center, providing about three times the space, said Nehring.
The former community center site was recently demolished and is being replaced with a civic plaza.
“We’ve talked a lot about ‘how do we get Marysville an identity?’ at these meetings” said Nehring. “I’m not saying everything will come around this community center, but I do think when you have a community gathering place that will really redefine in some impressive ways what people outside of Marysville think of Marysville."
Nehring also talked about some of the new recreation opportunities in the city, such as the Bayview Trail extension which connects the local trail to the Centennial Trail.
“If you’re a biker you can take your bike and get from SR-528 go to the Centennial connector, go to Arlington, go to wherever, and you never have to deal with Highway 9,” said Nehring.
Much of that funding came from the state legislature.
“I want to thank our state legislators, particularly State Sen. Steve Hobbs, who was instrumental in getting funds for that,” said Nehring.
In the downtown, Nehring said he hopes to continue work on the Ebey Waterfront Trail.
Kayak rentals is something the city hopes to attract down there.
“We’d like to have a private operator come down and do that,” he said.
City officials also hope to bring more businesses down there as well. “We’d like to see some eateries and other development down there,” he said.
Last year the city provided a waterfront fireworks show for the Fourth of July, which allowed families to watch in their cars, and that show is expected to return this year.
“I was out there parked and watching it with a bunch of different folks. That was really one of the first large events after the COVID shutdown,” said Nehring. “We’re going to duplicate that this year, and hopefully in the summer of 2022 we will be able to get out to a live show again."
Nehring said the city is currently planning to hold it’s Merrysville for Holidays parade this year.
“We do plan to have that this year and we’re looking forward to that,” he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the coffee klatch meetings online for the last year, but Nehring said the increased access has been good for connecting to community members.
After the pandemic he said that city officials want to keep those online options open.
“We hope in the future to do some sort of hybrid, with live events with the ability for folks to join us virtually and ask questions as well,” he said.