The Port of Skagit takes great pride in our record of stimulating employment and generating commerce in Skagit County while being responsible stewards of the properties we control and manage.
Our work at the SWIFT Center to responsibly clean-up legacy environmental concerns began before we took ownership of the property. Working with consultants to fully understand the scope of work, the areas of concern, and sound clean-up methods to employ were key aspects in the collaborative planning process. Clean-up of the campus continues, under the direction and oversight of the state Department of Ecology, with a number of projects slated for 2021.
Binding Site Plan
A Master Binding Site Plan has been prepared which divides the SWIFT Center into Divisions 1 through 9 for development, Tracts A and B for open space and recreation, and Tract C for private roads and utilities. It is anticipated that each Division will be further subdivided into lots in the future.
The Port of Skagit continues to work with Sedron Technologies, formerly Janicki Bioenergy, on development of a manufacturing facility in the southern influence area of the SWIFT campus. Sedron Technologies is known for their innovative technology to address sanitation and waste management, including their Varcor system, Firelight toilet and the Janicki Omni Processor. Sedron Technologies plans to locate their global headquarters at SWIFT, and construction of their new manufacturing building is anticipated to begin in 2021.
The NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) is an organization that works with entrepreneurs and inventors in Northwest Washington to identify the strategy, tools, and community resources needed to bring their products and business ideas to life. The Port of Skagit is working with NWIRC on the potential development of an innovation lab on the SWIFT campus to provide mentorship, work space and opportunities for entrepreneurs and inventors.
There are currently two behavioral health facilities located at the SWIFT Center campus. Telecare operates a mental health evaluation & treatment facility and Pioneer Human Services operates a substance abuse treatment facility. Since 2015 Skagit County, in collaboration with North Sound Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization, Pioneer Human Services, and other regional partners, has been leading the effort to transition these important behavioral health services from the SWIFT Center campus.
The model for delivery of behavioral health services has changed significantly in recent years and there is increased focus on transitioning to 16 bed (Medicaid-eligible), community-based treatment centers that provide a continuum of care in local communities. The first facility to be relocated will be the evaluation & treatment Center. Construction of the new facility in Sedro-Woolley is underway with an estimated completion in late 2021.