Developer wants to build townhomes near Silver Lake

EVERETT — The new owner of vacant land across the street from Silver Lake’s north shore wants to build about 100 townhomes there.

The proposal is far smaller, and less complex, than the eight-story condo towers and shops previously planned for the 12-acre site along a curve in the Bothell- Everett Highway.

Taylor Development of Bellevue has yet to submit any formal building applications, but has shown concepts to Everett planners.

Anyone interested in learning more can drop in on a city Planning Commission workshop set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Silver Lake Elementary School, 12815 Bothell-Everett Highway.

The workshop is part of the planning process that started in February, when the City Council placed emergency land-use restrictions on the property.

The site, next to the Silver Lake Safeway store, has attracted interest from city leaders and neighbors, many of whom think the area has too many apartments.

“This project is really the first step of many in creating a really quality recreational opportunity and a place for our citizens to enjoy,” City Council President Jeff Moore said. “We had hoped that it would set the standard for future development of Silver Lake.”

The earlier incarnation of the project, Silver Lake Center, would have included 185 multi-family homes and 100,000 square feet of commercial space. Plans called for two 111-foot-tall buildings — comparable to downtown Everett’s Wall Street Building. The Safeway next door would have been rebuilt.

In exchange for greater building densities, Seattle developer Alan Clark agreed to revamp the city’s Green Lantern Park on Silver Lake.

Community reaction to that project varied, said Ben Zarlingo, treasurer of the Silver Lake Action Committee, a group that earlier mobilized against the construction of the area’s Costco store.

“There was a range of opinions, but the most common one was that they didn’t want another set of apartments,” Zarlingo said. “But they didn’t like the density. The total scale of it was probably a shock to some people.”

Clark obtained permits in 2004 and soon demolished buildings on the property. At one point, he announced plans to break ground in 2006.

That never happened.

Some of the land went into foreclosure and changed hands in 2010. Clark’s permits expired last year.

Early plans for the new development include fewer homes, no stores and no buildings taller than three or four stories. Still undecided is whether park improvements will factor in.

Taylor Development has formed a limited liability company called Silver Lake Vue to move the project along.

“It’s not Alan Clark’s project — it’s smaller in complexity and smaller in dollars,” Zarlingo said.

The city’s emergency restrictions on the property are intended to buy time for planning and gathering public input. They are set to expire in February.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Young woman missing from Mukilteo left goodbye note

Police are seeking help finding the 18-year-old whom they believe is traveling on foot.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

Edmonds police are searching for Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, in the homicide of his roommate. If you see him, call 911. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Video shows man suspected of attacking a woman in Edmonds

The man allegedly threw her on the ground, then ran away after the she began kicking and screaming.

Officials to test sanity of suspect in Everett crime spree

He allegedly tried to rob and clobber a transit worker, then fled and struggled with police.

Train kills man who was trying to get off tracks in Monroe

The conductor said he attempted to stop after sighting the man, who’d been lying on the rails.

Navy to put filter in Coupeville’s contaminated water system

Chemicals from firefighting foam was found in the town’s drinking water.

Suspect sought in two Everett bank robberies

He’s described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1, with dark hair and a goatee, and may have a neck tattoo.

Former Monroe cop loses appeal on sex crimes conviction

Once a highly respected officer, he was found guilty of secretly videotaping his kids’ babysitter.

Most Read