Moratorium gives city second chance to define area
EVERETT - A big parcel near Silver Lake was supposed to become a high quality mixed-use development, but the economy killed those plans.
Acknowledging it’s a cornerstone location for the area, the City Council approved an emergency one-year development moratorium on the land earlier this month to make sure it’s developed correctly. The city will ask the community for its input during the year.
The 12-acre property is just north of Silver Lake. The land is a square encompassing an area from near the interchange of 110th Street and the Bothell-Everett Highway to the northeast corner of the lake across from the highway.
A public hearing on the moratorium will be scheduled within 60 days.
The lake’s neighborhood is active in local issues but seemed excited by the mixed-use project.
“This is an area of our community where, I think the residents out there have felt, rightly or not, that good planning has not happened in their neighborhood,” Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher said.
This was a project neighbors were excited about.
Without the moratorium, “there’s a real danger we’ll get development out there they won’t be happy with,” Stonecipher said.
Seattle developer Alan Clark proposed in 2004 to build 185 apartments in two giant towers the height of City Hall, having retail shops inside the towers and moving the Safeway store. The site was to be called Silver Lake Center and would have removed several homes, the Herald reported in 2005.
The economy scuttled those plans and the owner lost part of the property to foreclosure in 2010, planning director Allan Giffen said. The property has since been sold but the permits have expired.
The moratorium lets the planning department ask the community what it wants there. The moratorium will last one year unless the process is finished earlier, Giffen said.
Clark and his team extensively worked with neighbors on the project.
“It’s sort of the premier property that will establish how development will occur in the next 100 years,” Council President Jeff Moore said, adding, “The opportunity to be thoughtful to this area will serve generations to come.”
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