The Port of Olympia has attracted enough business to its one-year-old Swantown Boat-works haulout facility to attract a new developer.

Developer Peretti-Ryser Inc. of Olympia reportedly is in the pre-submission process with the City of Olympia in an effort to clear the way for construction of a boat repair building on Marine Drive, just across from a $500,000 boat maintenance facility being built by Simon Johnson of Tacoma.

The 21,718-square-foot, single-story Johnson building will be at 710 Marine Drive NE, near the haulout facility, and will feature paved parking for 18 vehicles.

Harbormaster Bruce Marshall says the Port had expected to haul out 250 boats last year after officially opening in mid-February 1999. Instead, it hauled out 437 during the nine-and-a-half month period.

“We’re pretty successful here,” Marshall boasts. “We’re anxiously awaiting these people with the new building to go in. It’s going to add a lot to the project.”

No information was available at press time concerning when construction of the Peretti-Ryser building might begin, but the Johnson building is scheduled to be completed in April, well before the fourth annual Swantown Boatswap and Chowder Challenge, which will be May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (360) 786-6874.

By Kamilla K. McClelland, Business Examiner staff