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Developer wants city to lift restrictions on Silver Lake property
EVERETT - The company resurrecting major development plans near Silver Lake discussed its plan before the City Council earlier this month and argued against development restrictions placed on the property by the city.
Taylor Development has the rights to a 12-acre parcel northeast of Silver Lake that once was proposed to be a major mixed-use development. The proposed development faltered in the economy, and Bellevue-based Taylor Development picked up the land.
The City Council authorized putting development under the city’s control last month. Council members said the property is important enough to the area’s future and they want to ensure high quality development is built there.
Taylor plans to build two-to-three story apartments and a mixed-use area, company president Kevin Taylor said.
The council-approved development restrictions require public hearings and up to six months of review. The development plans would go before the planning commission and the council, city planning director Allan Giffen said.
Taylor officials argued for the mayor and the council to drop the development restrictions.
“An interim regulation seems premature since we haven’t made any submittals” of drawings or concepts of a development, Taylor principal Kevin O’Brien said.
Taylor intends to have three designs ready for review soon, O’Brien said.
Mayor Ray Stephanson said the restrictions are needed.
“This council had very serious concerns on that property,” Stephanson said to Taylor, adding, “I’m surprised that you’re surprised” the city adopted these restrictions.
“It’s an extremely important piece of property,” Councilman Scott Murphy said. “It’s not our intent to drag this out, but it’s important we take our time so we do this carefully and correctly so we have a great development.”
Silver Lake residents spoke out about their fears the development would reshape the community and take out natural walking paths.
“You have to understand the impact when it comes to the people who live there,” Silver Lake resident Monica Sullivan said. “It’s something I will be staring at literally from my bedroom.”
About six residents spoke. Many favored building a library branch on the property.
Taylor officials said they were committed to working with the community on its development plan.
The previous developer was heavily involved in keeping the community abreast on its proposed mixed-use development, which was scuttled by the recession.
Seattle developer Alan Clark in 2004 proposed to build 185 apartments in two giant towers the height of City Hall, having retail shops inside the towers and moving the Safeway store. Clark lost the property in foreclosure.

 

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