Residents warm up to Silver Lake development plans
EVERETT - The developer behind a proposed townhome complex near Silver Lake seems to have calmed many neighbors’ fears.
Taylor Development released new plans for the Silver Lake Center at last week’s planning commission meeting. Commissioners had no concerns last week and moved the proposal forward for further review.
Taylor is proposing 100 brownstone-style three-story townhomes and also will build a trail from 110th Street to the Bothell-Everett Highway. Taylor’s previous proposal put 106 townhomes on the site.
The development would take up an L-shaped site at the curve on the Bothell-Everett Highway behind the Safeway at 112th Street SE and west of the shuttered Romio’s restaurant.
Neighbors’ overarching concern seemed to be the type of people the development would attract.
Neighbors wanted assurances the townhomes won’t turn into a rental complex.
They also wanted to know how this development would impact already-heavy traffic on 110th Street. A median on the Bothell-Everett Highway prevents left turns to the proposed site from the highway.
The townhomes will be occupant-owned. There will be a homeowner’s association and strict covenants, Taylor principal Kevin O’Brien said.
Commissioner Richard Jordison said neighbors won’t have to worry about Silver Lake Center looking shoddy.
“This is not going to be a lower end neighborhood by any stretch of the imagination,” Jordison said. “This will be a high-end development.”
The city is now expediting a combined shoreline study and planning process for the commission’s review.
An open house or neighborood meeting while these studies are being worked on is being planned to keep neighbors in the loop before the commission reviews it, city spokeswoman Meghan Pembroke said.
Planning commissioners told the city to go forward with the proposal at last week’s meeting. The commission is anticipated to take an official vote to approve the project after the environmental review and other permits are completed before sending it to the City Council.
Taylor hopes to have all of the permitting work finished in the next four to five months, O’Brien said.
The city put itself in an oversight role because the City Council put the Silver Lake property under a development moratorium earlier this year to address council concerns about the quality of the development. The site is one of the largest proposed developments in the Silver Lake area.
A previous developer, Alan Clark, was held to similar neighborhood scrutiny. Clark’s grandiose plans for a tall condominium tower on the site fell through and he later lost the property to foreclosure.
Neighbors pushed to make the townhomes look less monolithic, which Taylor responded by adding features to the roofs in its latest proposal.
Nobody spoke out against the townhomes’ appearance during the public hearing, at which five people spoke.
“They still look blocky,” Dorthy Vandeventer said in an interview. She lives across the street from the project.
Taylor will contribute an unknown amount of money for parks to develop the nearby Green Lantern park site as part of the deal.
Parks director Paul Kaftanski said last week that he is satisfied with the trail proposal.
An unnamed construction firm that currently builds in Everett would build the townhomes, O’Brien said.
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