MLT Town Center plans progress

  • Tue Apr 6th, 2010 7:45pm

By Mina Williams Enterprise editor

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Forward movement continues in Mountlake Terrace’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area.

During the April 5 City Council meeting city manager John Caulfield announced that the city has made all the final approvals, allowing the construction of a five-story mixed-use project at 236th Street Southwest and 56th Avenue West. The seven plot area is within the zone included in the Town Center Plan.

This is the first project to be permitted and approved falling within the city’s recently instituted design standards. The plans for the project include commercial space on street level and residential units on the upper floors.

“This is a watershed moment,” Caulfield told council. “This is a positive reflection of all your hard work,” he said, referring to the council’s building of the Town Center Plan in 2006 and 2007. “This is a positive reflection of what can be done even in these hard economic times.”

The project is expected to break ground next January.

The property, historically referred to as the Hungar properties, was sold to Yuko Abe a year and a half ago.

In a separate move, council unanimously approved a code variance within the downtown area to enable the positioning of signs during the operation of a farmers market.

The narrow-scoped amendment requires specific positioning and sizes of signage expressly for the farmers market and restricts signs to be out only on the day of the market’s operation.

“Once people are familiar with the farmers market, there may not be a need for signs,” said Shane Hope, community and economic development director.

Council is expected to examine the farmers market agreement with the Mountlake Terrace Business Association at the April 19 meeting. Signing off on this agreement would be the final hurdle to allow the association to open a weekly farmers market. Plans are for the market to open on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. beginning May 6 through September.