Lynnwood OKs zoning for Costco, residential project

LYNNWOOD — A huge project called Lynnwood Place that would bring a mix of stores and apartments across the street from the Alderwood mall has received the green light.

The former site of Lynnwood High School will become 990,000 square feet of shops and homes.

Costco is planned as the anchor tenant, and Texas-based developer Cypress Equities also wants to build several mid-rise apartment buildings with retail stores, restaurants and offices located on the street level.

On Monday night, the Lynnwood City Council unanimously approved zoning changes to the city’s comprehensive plan to shift the 40-acre site from public to mixed use. The council also rezoned the property to commercial/residential zoning.

The changes were made contingent on the developer submitting detailed plans the council can agree to, said Paul Krauss, Lynnwood’s community development director.

“It’s is a big step forward, especially when you consider the applications were first submitted six years ago,” Krauss said. “Costco and Cypress are very excited to move forward.”

Krauss estimated that the City Council will see engineering plans from the developer in four to six months. Details to be considered include architecture, landscaping, entrances and more, along with a review of the development’s environmental impact statement.

After completion, Lynnwood Place would rival the size of the mall at 1.3 million square feet. Costco would take up to 160,000 square feet on the north 15 acres of the property.

The development proposal includes the construction of a four-lane bypass road that would wrap around Lynnwood Place and connect Alderwood Mall Parkway with 184th Street SW on the north and west sides of the property.

The development has been in the works since about 2007 when the Edmonds School District Board of Directors began working on a development agreement with Cypress Equities. The economic recession caused a hiatus in the process, Krauss said.

The former high school site has been vacant since 2009, when students moved into the new Lynnwood High School building on North Road. The voter-approved bonds that built the new high school also included language that allows the district to lease the site of the former school building. Lease income will go into the district’s capital fund.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Finalists for EdCC presidency holding campus meetings

A search committee reviewed 19 applicants and recommended three finalists to the Board of Trustees.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Everett coaches reaching out to teens about dating violence

Free training focuses on a known strength of coaches: Being positive role models.

Suspected drunk driver crash in Bothell sends two to hospital

The man suspected of causing the Saturday afternoon collision was not injured.

Election results for Snohomish County school districts

Updated 2/16: Here are the returns for Tuesday’s special election ballot measures.

Scattered power outages around region after gusty Saturday

Up to 2 inches of snow could fall in some lowland areas of Snohomish County, forecasters said.

School levies still passing in 3 districts after latest tally

In the initial count, ballot measures in Lake Stevens, Marysville and Snohomish had been losing.

Power outages hit north Snohomish County as snow covers area

There was no immediate timeline for when PUD crews expected to restore power for 13,000 customers.

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

U.S. and Iraqi commanders warn that victories over IS could be undercut by a large-scale withdrawal.

Most Read