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Polygon submits plans for 414 homes on riverfront site
EVERETT - Polygon Homes has submitted intitial paperwork to build fewer homes than expected on the Riverfront Development site in east Everett.
The mass homebuilder’s pre-application paperwork with the city shows Polygon plans to build 239 single family detached homes on one side of the nearly 100-acre site and 175 townhomes on the other, according to a city official. 
In total, Polygon plans to build 414 residential units on the site, according to its pre-application.
Polygon is allowed to build up to 1,400 homes on the site near the Lowell neighborhood. Polygon’s allotment is similar to former developer OliverMcMillan’s plans for 1,350 residential units on the Riverfront Development, according to OliverMcMillan’s 2008 school mitigation fee paperwork.
Polygon is starting the land use permitting process followed by the building permitting process this week, city spokeswoman Meghan Pembroke said.
Polygon is scheduled to come before the City Council in November with more details, Pembroke said. 
Meanwhile, a Polygon representative shed more light on what would be built at last week’s Lowell Neighborhood monthly meeting.
The Simpson landfill site would have two-story wood frame houses with nice yards in the front and back, Polygon’s land acquisition manager Nick Abdelnour said. Abdelnour declined to comment on how many homes would be built.
Polygon is still on target to meeting its fast-tracked building time line and hopes to have people move in to the houses by 2015, Abdelnour said.
The company also plans to build at least 400,000 square feet of commercial space elsewhere on the site and place commercial tenants by 2016. Potential tenants are already calling the company, Abdelnour said.
Polygon is addressing flooding concerns by raising the land by eight feet. The site sits in a Snohomish River floodplain.  Polygon also is adding flood channelization areas on the site to contain water in open space on the site, Abdelnour said.
“We’re not in the business of selling homes that require flood insurance,” Abdelnour said.
The development site is in a federally noted floodplain next to the Snohomish River.
Some Lowellites have concerns Polygon’s modern houses won’t fit with the character of their historic neighborhood. 
Amy Tapper’s concerns are simple: If people see modern houses at the Riverfront Development, developers might come into Lowell to tear down historic homes and build modern ones.
Lowell advocate Gail Chism said frankly that: “This is Lowell. We’re not Mill Creek, this is Lowell.”
Tapper suggested Polygon build bungalows to fit the neighborhood’s character. Architectural sketches of Polygon’s homes aren’t available yet, Abdelnour said.
Abdelnour also responded to neighbors’ traffic concerns and other issues at the Lowell meeting, which was held Monday, Sept. 16 and attracted a dozen residents.

 

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