Deal green-lights Mill Creek Lowe’s

  • Jana Hill / Special to The Herald
  • Monday, November 19, 2001 9:00pm
  • Business

By Jana Hill

Special to The Herald

MILL CREEK — Lowe’s Companies Inc. will go ahead with plans to build a home improvement warehouse this spring after receiving a $300,000 deal from the city.

The city council recently agreed to charge Lowe’s $300,800 for giving up some street rights of way even though a new state law would have allowed it to collect twice that amount.

Roger Bernstein, senior site development manager for Lowe’s, said an extra $300,000 wouldn’t normally be a deal breaker. But it was likely the project would have been canceled in light of the economy, he added.

Lowe’s plans to build a warehouse at the north end of Mill Creek off 132nd Street SE. The city agreed to vacate rights of way located at 19th Avenue SE and 21st Drive SE to accommodate the 167,000-square-foot warehouse.

The store is expected to provide 200 jobs in Mill Creek.

Tim McMahon of Mill Creek represented Lowe’s as a real estate broker and said bringing the business to town will only help the city.

"When you get someone like Lowe’s to come to your community" other businesses will follow, McMahon said.

Mary Kay Voss, council member-elect, agreed. "We’re in a stronger position as a city if we accept the $300,000, let them get this project built, (and) let the sales tax start rolling in," she said.

At an earlier public hearing, the council discussed tabling the issue until the legislation took effect, allowing it to charge the full fee of $601,600. But city staff members recommended the council approve the lower amount because that was what was presented to Lowe’s early on and because the public hearing for the right of way issue occurred before the law took effect, said Tom Rogers, senior planner for the city.

Lowe’s could have paid the fees earlier and sealed the cheaper rate, said council member Tim Austin, who joined Dan Hodge in voting against lower price. It was approved 5-2.

The company was unsure if it would receive the required permits from the state Department of Ecology.

The state had sought 200- to 300-foot buffer zones to protect nearby wetlands while city regulations asked for 75-foot buffers. Rogers said everyone compromised on 100-foot zones.

Jana Hill edits the Mill Creek edition of the weekly Enterprise newspapers. You can contact Hill at 425-673-6533 or at hill@heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Business

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Burst pipe permanently closes downtown Everett toy store

After a pipe flooded the store, MyMyToystore in downtown Everett closed. Owner Tom Harrison is already on to his next venture.

Lead climbers head up their respective routes at Vertical World North on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Beginner’s ascent: A newcomer’s guide to indoor climbing

Indoor climbing gyms in and around Snohomish County offer thrills without winter chills.

Alexis Burroughs holds a bigleaf maple leaf while guiding her participants through sensory observation during a forest bathing session Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, at Lord Hill Regional Park near Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
To restore human bond with nature, locals lead forest bathing sessions

A yoga instructor in Bothell and Adopt a Stream in Everett say the meditative practice evokes emotion, health benefits.

Instructor Gael Gebow checks her stopwatch while tracking her group’s exercises during her Boot Camp fitness class Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, at the YMCA in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
YMCA fitness instructor challenges, empowers Everett residents

Gael Gebow has made inclusivity and healthy living her focus in 23 years at the YMCA.

A view of the Broadway construction site of Compass Health’s new mental health facility on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Compass Health dedicates Everett block to housing and behavioral health services

The “state-of-the-art” project is set to total over $90M. The nonprofit has asked for public support.

More than 150 people attend a ribbon cutting event on Nov. 16, 2023 celebrating the completion of Innovation Hall at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College campus. The building, which highlights STEM instruction and research, opens to students in January. Credit: Tara Brown Photography/UW Bothell
New science, math facility opens in January at UW Bothell

Innovation Hall is the first new building to be constructed at the Bothell university campus in 10 years.

Everett
Rairdon Auto Group acquires Pignataro VW in Everett

Everett VW dealership is the 12th for the Rairdon Group, which marks 30 years in business this year.

A Keyport ship docked at Lake Union in Seattle in June 2018. The ship spends most of the year in Alaska harvesting Golden King crab in the Bering Sea. During the summer it ties up for maintenance and repairs at Lake Union. (Keyport LLC)
In crabbers’ turbulent moment, Edmonds seafood processor ‘saved our season’

When a processing plant in Alaska closed, Edmonds-based business Keyport stepped up to solve a “no-win situation.”

Angela Harris, Executive Director of the Port of Edmonds, stands at the port’s marina on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Leadership, love for the Port of Edmonds got exec the job

Shoring up an aging seawall is the first order of business for Angela Harris, the first woman to lead the Edmonds port.

The Cascade Warbirds fly over Naval Station Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald file)
Bothell High School senior awarded $2,500 to keep on flying

Cascade Warbirds scholarship helps students 16-21 continue flight training and earn a private pilot’s certificate.

Rachel Gardner, the owner of Musicology Co., a new music boutique record store on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 in Edmonds, Washington. Musicology Co. will open in February, selling used and new vinyl, CDs and other music-related merchandise. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
New Edmonds record shop intends to be a ‘destination for every musician’

Rachel Gardner opened Musicology Co. this month, filling a record store gap in Edmonds.

Melrose and Vine Collective owner Kara Langus in her vintage collection room at her store on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
New and vintage women’s boutique aims to dazzle in downtown Everett

Add some sparkle to your wardrobe: Melrose and Vine Collective opened inside a former bank building on Pacific Avenue.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.