Townhouses, retail proposed for Silver Lake area
EVERETT - A developer wants to build three-story townhouses and retail space for a big open property across from Silver Lake.
Bellevue-based Taylor Development is calling the proposed development Silver Lake Center. Neighbors want assurance it will be a high-quality development.
The City Council agrees. In February, the council placed the site under an emergency planning process that halted development, to Taylor’s chagrin.
Taylor’s president Kevin O’Brien called it a moratorium, but the council emphasized in February that the development could impact neighbors tremendously if built incorrectly.
The proposed development is for an almost 7-acre site on the Bothell-Everett Highway just south of 112th Street and would eliminate one of the largest green spaces left along the highway.
Taylor is proposing 105 townhouses for the site and gave its first public presentation of Silver Lake Center last week to about a dozen Silver Lake residents.
Taylor representatives apparently got an earful at a Silver Lake neighborhood meeting in May. Nobody at the May meeting wanted an apartment complex. Taylor opted to build townhouses in response.
Neighbors preferred owner-operated homes and did not support commercial at the site, O’Brien said.
They also worry traffic will become intense at the development’s entryway, and that Taylor’s selected builder will build a shoddy development. Taylor is hiring a company to build the townhouses.
Neighbor Ben Zarlingo said the city needs “clear and specific conditions” so the builder doesn’t cheap out.
Two well-known builders in Everett are interested in building this development, O’Brien said, and he mentioned Polygon Northwest as a builder Taylor has worked with before.
Neighbor Dorothy Vandeuewler was unimpressed when the drawings were released. She wants design tweaks in the buildings’ block-like appearance.
“I’m sorry, but they look like a wall of apartment buildings,” Vandeuewler said.
The site went through extensive neighborhood review when a previous developer wanted to build there.
The previous developer plotted the site for condominiums and a 120-foot skyscraper as its landmark. Alan Clark, the developer, lost the site to foreclosure. Taylor’s management said Clark’s plan wouldn’t have penciled out.
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