EVERETT, Wash. — The Port of Everett has authorized a $33 million agreement to buy a former waterfront mill property.

KING5 News reports the purchase is part of a plan to clean up a contaminated stretch of industrial shoreline for redevelopment.

Port commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to authorize the deal that is expected to close by December.

The port has received a $17 million credit from Kimberly-Clark Corporation toward future environmental cleanup.

Port commissioners say the property could support facilities of statewide significance due to its access to deep water and a rail line.

In total, 58 acres of land was purchased at the former mill site.

The port has pursued the purchase since Kimberly-Clark’s pulp mill closed in 2012 with a loss of about 700 jobs.

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