The Washington State Department of Commerce is asking individuals or groups with proposals for repurposing the Interbay armory site to sign up to provide presentations during the next Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee on May 8.

The Washington Army National Guard has operated on the 26-acre armory site since 1975, but now has plans to relocate to North Bend. Gove. Jay Inslee formed the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee last year to assess the greatest public benefit for reusing the site.

The committee began meeting in September 2018, and the commerce department held its first open house to gather public feedback on March 19.

Building affordable housing was valued most by 47 attendees, followed by 10 marking additional open space. Seven valued creating living-wage jobs most, while preserving industrial land and maintaining movement of people and goods tied.

The committee will receive a report of the open house input during its Milestone: Redevelopment Alternatives meeting 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the armory, 1601 W. Armory Way. A summary is available here.

Anyone interested in presenting a proposal to the committee that day can email interbay@commerce.wa.gov. Presentations will be limited to three minutes, but people are encouraged to provide additional materials for consideration.

The next open house will take place 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Ballard Eagleson VFW Post, 2812 NW Market St.