WOODWAY — The developer seeking to build more than 3,000 high-rise condos at Point Wells has responded to questions from Snohomish County planners, including a second access road proposed off of 116th Street SW in Woodway.
County planners requested the information last year, saying they would be unable to complete environmental studies without it. It was submitted April 17.
Traffic has been a chief concern about the project, which is unlike anything else in the area of upscale single-family homes. The tallest of its more than 20 proposed condo towers would reach 17 stories.
The project has been inching its way through a complex approval process since 2011, when Israel-based developer Blue Square Real Estate’s local affiliate, BSRE Point Wells, submitted applications to county planners.
The 61-acre industrial site in unincorporated Snohomish County is now used for storing marine fuels and asphalt production. It’s only reachable by car via a two-lane road in Shoreline, from the south side of the county line. The county required a second road. BSRE also considered building a road from 238th Street SW down a steep bluff, but opted instead for what’s now primarily a utility corridor off 116th Street.
The county is unlikely to release a draft environmental study of the project for at least several months. If approved, the project could take more than 15 years to build out in phases.