By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Mill Creek’s new Arena Sports indoor sports complex cleared another hurdle when the Mill Creek Design Review Board approved the architects’ building elevations, landscape plans, and monument sign at their March 16, 2017, meeting.
The proposed 96,370 square foot indoor recreational complex on almost seven acres includes two soccer fields, a warm-up field, eight bowling lanes, laser tag, an inflatable play area, party rooms, kitchen and dining areas along with storage and administrative offices.
City of Mill Creek staff worked closely with the Arena Sports design team over the past many months to ensure the new building and landscaping conforms to Mill Creek's stringent design standards.
Since the new sports complex location is now a mostly vacant lot near the intersection of Dumas Road and the Bothell-Everett Highway (SR 527), residential neighbors are apprehensive about the increased noise and traffic.
Representatives of the Rivendale Homeowners Association expressed their concerns at the public meetings where the new indoor sports complex was discussed.
At a January 19, 2017, design review meeting a member of the Rivendale Board of Directors complained that the condominiums just west of Arena Sports would soon overlook a huge metal building and parking lot instead of the now wooded lot.
In an effort to screen the Rivendale Condominiums and the Monterra in Mill Creek Apartments, Arena Sports plans an extensive 25-foot wide landscape buffer at the western edge of the property. A dense plant screen is planned, including a mix of evergreen trees, shrubs, and groundcover on a two to eight foot tall soil berm along the existing six-foot tall wooden fence.
In order to provide an adequate screen from the project’s beginning, the height of the new trees within the landscape buffer will range between six to eight feet tall.
Lighting on this side of the building will be directed so as to have the least amount of impact on the local residents.
The new Arena Sports indoor sports complex meets Mill Creek’s design criteria by including a number of elements to break up the bulk of the huge pre-engineered metal building.
The proposed building exterior includes vertical ribbed metal panel siding in neutral colors with varying sections and patterns. Wood and metal arbors will also be installed on the north, west, and east facades to add interest and detail.
With their design approved, Arena Sports is now ready to get grading and building permits so construction can begin.
Mill Creek Arena Sports entrance. Image courtesy of Arena Sports.