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East Gateway Urban Village Update – February 2013

Development of the East Gateway Urban Village continues to move forward.
Planning, design, and construction of Mill Creek's East Gateway Urban Village continues to progress.

Development of the East Gateway Urban Village continues to move forward.

Economic development of underutilized areas of Mill Creek has been the City’s focus since the adoption of Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan on April 10, 2012.

Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Plan both highlight the East Gateway Urban Village as a main source of increased revenue for the City.

Mill Creek’s Community Development Department spearheaded changes to the East Gateway Urban Village Comprehensive Plan policies and zoning regulations in 2012 to help foster economic development.

Polygon Northwest’s mixed-use development proposal

The City of Mill Creek announced on August 16, 2012 that they received a mixed-use development proposal from Polygon Northwest for the 18.5-acre Nash property at the east end of the East Gateway Urban Village.

Polygon Northwest proposes to develop 29,000 square feet of commercial capacity in three separate buildings, 104 townhomes/condominiums, and 201 apartments. The proposal also includes installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of 132nd Street SE and 44th Avenue SE, and a public neighborhood park.

Polygon Northwest representatives and Mill Creek’s planners are almost finished negotiating the development agreement, which establishes responsibilities for the implementation of the project and addresses other issues such as phasing of development.

At the February 12, 2013 City Council meeting Tom Rogers, Mill Creek Community Development Director, said the current plan is to bring the completed development agreement to the Mill Creek City Council on February 26th for discussion. He also said that Polygon NW would present preliminary building elevations and materials to the Mill Creek Design Review Board on February 21st.

Once the Mill Creek City Council has approved the development agreement, the City’s hearing examiner will hold a public hearing on the binding site plan. Rogers believes this can happen as early as March 12th.

Snohomish County to widen Seattle Hill Road

In order to accommodate the increased traffic from the East Gateway Urban Village and other development, Snohomish County plans a capital project to widen Seattle Hill Road from 35th Avenue SE to 132nd Street SE.

The County wants to include a dedicated center turn lane, sidewalks and bike lanes as part of the road widening process.

Snohomish County and the City of Mill Creek plan to use a roundabout to join the newly widened Seattle Hill Road with the East Gateway Urban Village “spine road” at 136th Street SE.

Snohomish County’s Public Works department will host an open house at Mill Creek Elementary School on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Snohomish County Public Works staff will be on hand to explain plans to widen and improve Seattle Hill Road.

Two-story medical/office building construction on schedule

Construction of the two-story, 24,000 square foot medical/office building just west of the Advent Lutheran Church continues to make good progress and should be complete by May 2013.

Back in December Community Development Director Rogers, said, “Only the northern portion of the site directly adjacent to 132nd Street SE is being developed at this time. Two lots remain and can be developed in the future. The east/west spine road through the property has been dedicated to the City; however, road construction is not expected until development of the two remaining lots, which will take access from the road.”

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