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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

August 19, 2011 at 6:45 PM

From fishing boats to a community that floats

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Sketched Aug. 3, 11:01 a.m.
To understand the recent transformation of this shoreline on the east side of Lake Union, you have to go back to 2002.
That’s when Wards Cove Packing Co. closed its salmon operations in Alaska and decided to turn its headquarters along Fairview Avenue East into a mixed-used waterfront community.
For decades, fishermen stored their nets and fixed their boats here, explained Wards Cove real-estate director Joel Blair, whose grandfather started the business in the 1920s. But little trace of that remains now. With room for 12 floating homes — three already in place — a marina and an office building, the site is the last floating-home community to be offered in Seattle, said Blair.
The redevelopment also includes a 200-foot-long public access beach where I sketched as ducks waddled by and kids played on a tree swing.
“What a peaceful place in the heart of the city,” said Rose Palmer, a native Seattleite on a run with her daughters.
What draws you in? I invite you to send me your suggestions of interesting places to sketch via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!

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