By Katie Murdoch Herald writer
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A zoning update means more types of medical offices can set up shop near Swedish/Edmonds hospital in an area that had been limited to primarily industrial uses.
City Council unanimously approved the zoning code text amendment last month for the area in the northwest part of the city along 216th and 220th streets, west of 66th Avenue West and east of Highway 99. It’s close to I-5 and within one mile of the hospital.
The area currently is home to banking and mortgage offices, the city’s Public Works Department and Snohomish County’s recycling and transfer station.
“There’s not a lot of available space around the hospital and this opens up space,” said Tim McMahon, who owns the Taylor’s Landing commercial office space on 216th Street Southwest that’s in the affected area.
McMahon had encouraged the change after having to turn away prospective tenants because of the old code, despite having vacancies.
“Keeping buildings full is good for local retail and good for the city,” he added.
Before, commercial businesses such as those offering chiropractic and pain management services could operate in the area. Now, doctors and hospital-associated services can open their own offices, clinics and labs.
Health is a growing field and there is a demand for medical and dental office, said Shane Hope, the city’s community and economic development director. As the population grows and ages, health care needs are rising too.
“Furthermore, with increasing technology options for medical care, investors see new opportunities to provide specialty services,” she said.