March 19, 2008

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No Korry
No one seems to know what's going to happen at the Port of Seattle's Interbay property, but it became clear this week what won't happen.

The property will not be the new home for Korry Electronics, a booming north Seattle aerospace supplier with 600+ employees. The Daily Journal of Commerce reported Tuesday that Korry is terminating a prolonged effort to secure a lease at the site. Korry announced it will leave Seattle, but the company would not say where it will move to.

The news followed an earlier report that another north end aerospace company, University Swaging, is leaving Seattle for a new site in south Snohomish County. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, University Swaging considered pursuing property at Interbay, but the company determined that to get a lease "it would have (taken) longer than anything that fit our immediate requirements."

According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, lease negotiations for Korry extended over a two-year period. Korry would not say why it decided against Interbay.

"It is very sad that our community is failing to hang on to employers like Korry and University Swaging," said Dave Gering, Executive Director for the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle. "The Port and the City need to get on the same page."

About five years ago, the Port launched a multi-million dollar research effort and public relations campaign to transform Interbay into a biotech hub and a new center for condominiums and retail growth. The city turned down the redevelopment plan. Interbay remains zoned for industrial use and it is a significant regional hub for North Pacific seafood companies, including Trident Seafoods.

Seattle isn't really the oddball capital of the Western Hemisphere. It's just that our civic leadership occasionally makes us look that way. Consider the case of the Seattle landmark board granting land mark status to the old (?) Denny's Restaurant in Ballard at 15th and Market.

Last week, a lawsuit began moving through court to overturn that designation while at the very same time, a demolition crew was moving through the mammoth old brick brewery building that for decades housed Rainier Cold Storage in Georgetown.

The brewery was built a century ago when Georgetown residents and business owners banded together to create an independent town. They wanted to protect themselves, their saloons and the beer brewing industry from annexation by Seattle. At that time, Seattle was home to a group of anti-drink crusaders, as opposed to now, when it is home to people with pretty odd ideas about historic preservation.

Part of the old brewery will be preserved and incorporated into a new mixed-use development along Airport Way. We're not saying the whole brewery should have been saved but it seems strange to save a Denny's in north Seattle while a wrecking ball swings away in south Seattle.
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It's Up To You
It's up to the business owners and employees of the industrial areas of the city to help keep our communities safe. When you see public resources that need maintenance, please report them, so they will get onto the repair lists. How?

Report blown street lights to Seattle City Light at 206-684-7056 or fill out a streetlight trouble report at

Damaged or knocked down street signs can be reported to Seattle Department of Transportation at 206-684-ROAD (7623) or fill out a street maintenance request form at

Leaking fire hydrants or blocked drains can be reported to Seattle Public Utilities at 206-386-1800 or fill out a questions & comment form at

And So It Begins
Each year Seattle's Arterial Asphalt and Concrete Program resurfaces a number of streets to improve the pavement condition, and promote smoother, safer, and quieter streets. From May thru October 2008 SDOT will be resurfacing First Avenue S between S Dearborn Street and S Stacy Street, and pending City Council approval, will also repave First Ave S between S Spokane Street and E Marginal Way S.

This is the first of an extended list of construction projects slated for the Duwamish industrial area over the next five years. For more information, attend the Duwamish TMA's Public Meeting on April 10, 8-9:30 am, Safeco Field Diamond Club. RSVP at 206-762-2470 or



No Korry
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And So It Begins



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