Marine Supply & Hardware Building FAQs

What’s happening with the Marine Supply and Hardware Building?

The Port recognizes our community’s concerns and interest in the Marine Supply and Hardware Building and its role in local history and culture.

The building is more than 100 years old. The Port has commissioned three structural engineering studies since taking possession of the building in 2016. These studies found deterioration in the structure, foundation and flooring. The building also does not meet current building codes or seismic requirements. The structural issues identified in engineering reports occurred over multiple decades prior to the Port’s ownership.

The Port has communicated these issues to its tenants in 2017 and has continued to monitor issues and talk with the current tenant.

In 2023, the Port learned of the details of the Anacortes Housing Authority’s project to rehabilitate the neighboring Olson Building to create a workforce housing complex. As a result of this, the Port and Housing Authority had been working to determine potential impacts to the Marine Supply and Hardware building. These impacts are significant, which is why discussions of the future of Marine Supply and Hardware are currently happening.

In June 2024, the Port Commission discussed whether to continue investing in the building. The Commission determined that the Port would not continue to invest capital dollars in the Marine Supply and Hardware Building and would support the Housing Authority’s project. There is no timeline for any action yet. Please see the last question below about the timeline for next steps to learn how to obtain information on future action.

Are there currently tenants in the building?

Yes, King Meadow, operating as Marine Supply and Hardware and Alley Cat Antiques, has been a tenant since 2017.

How long has the Port owned the building?

The Port purchased the city block on which the Marine Supply and Hardware Building is located in 2014 and took possession of it in 2016. The intent was to provide property for maritime industrial use, as its location and proximity to the Port’s other properties is key for future economic vitality.

In 2019 the Port transferred the neighboring Olson Building to the Anacortes Housing Authority which made way for the Housing Authority’s current proposed project.

Is the Port moving tenants out of the building or directing the closure of businesses?

The Port immediately informed the tenant of the Commission’s recent determination not to invest additional dollars and to develop plans for relocation. The Commission has not yet determined a timeline, nor has the Port directed the tenant to close their businesses. Their businesses are separate entities from the building itself.

The Port has been in regular contact with the tenant about structural issues since they moved into the building in 2017. Over the course of time, a number of rehabilitation options have been discussed, all of which would have displaced building tenants. This was explained to tenants early on, and we’ve continued to share information with them throughout discussions and decisions by the Commission.

Is the Marine Supply and Hardware Building historic?

The entire block on which the Marine Supply and Hardware Building is located was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 with a local level of significance.

Can the Port legally change or demolish the building, or is it a protected structure?

The National Register listing is an honorary designation, which means that there are no restrictions to what the Port of Anacortes is allowed to do with the building. Plans for any major alterations or demolitions to the suites or annexes must be submitted to the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board for review.

Any comments and recommendations made by the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board are advisory; decisions around construction, demolition, or development are decided by the Port as building owner.

Is there a timeline for the next steps?

There is no timeline for action on the building yet.

In late June 2024 the Commission determined that the Port would not invest additional dollars in maintaining stability and rehabilitating the structure. The Commission directed staff to research the possibilities and present options.

The Commission may consider these options during an open public meeting in July or August 2024. Please visit our Commission page to learn more about and attend a public meeting: https://www.portofanacortes.com/governance/commission-meetings/.