Located within the Snohomish County cities of Arlington and Marysville, Smokey Point is a community that’s experienced a tremendous surge of growth in the past decade.
What started as a census-designated place named after an outdoor barbecue restaurant from the 1950s has become a thriving residential community and commercial center that’s virtually exploded with new apartment buildings as well as shopping, dining and health care options.
Much of the retail and residential development has centered around the I-5 interchange at Highway 531. The area boasts big-name national retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Costco, in addition to several newer retail and health care developments. One such development is Smokey Point Plaza, a 24,180 square foot, mixed-use retail center made up of restaurants and specialty stores, and anchored by Rite Aid.
The Marketplace at Smokey Point is an exciting new shopping center with 910,000 square feet of retail space. Anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, other Marketplace tenants include Party City, Hobby Lobby, Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish, Hop Jack’s restaurant, Qdoba Mexican, Aveda Hair Salon and T-Mobile. The development also includes The Lodge, an apartment complex with 182 units. Developers Steve Malsam and Len Evans – who built Snohomish Station and Mill Creek Town Center – are the masterminds behind the Marketplace.
Another newer residential development, Vintage at Lakeway, is a 187-unit luxury apartment community that caters to active seniors age 55 and older, and includes state-of-the-art, resort-style amenities such as a clubhouse, lounge, fitness center and private movie theater. The Arlington Planning Commission is also in the process of reviewing design plans for a new 48-unit multi-family apartment complex called 31st Avenue Apartments. Amenities will include a more than 6,200-square-foot park and an additional 3,305 square feet of open space.
The nonprofit Housing Hope will also bring its latest project, called Twin Lakes Landing, to the area. According to the plans, the development will house up to 50 homeless families and feature amenities like a community building, a playground, a central courtyard and sports courts.
Recent health care facilities include The Everett Clinic Smokey Point Medical Center, which houses a variety of medical specialists.