MARYSVILLE — A developer has plans to build a 121,000-square-foot Lowes Home Improvement store on the southeast side of town.
Zoke Group has filed an application to build the store on about 16 acres at the northwest corner of Highway 9 and Soper Hill Road.
“Lowes has been interested in that area for a long time,” said Matt Smith, the president for the Boise, Idaho-based company. “During the recession, Lowes obviously pulled back. When the economy came around, this area became an interest for them again.”
The area also has space for 17,000-square-feet pf retail buildings as well as parking, landscaping and utilities. What business or businesses would occupy the rest of the space hasn’t been determined, Smith said.
He said the deal hasn’t been finalized with Lowes and his company hasn’t completed the purchase of the land. Still, Zoke Group would like to start construction by next year.
His company has developed several Lowes in Idaho and Colorado. An engineer for Zoke Group spoke at a neighborhood meeting of about 50 to 60 people earlier month.
A house and a barn occupy the land, said Dave Koenig, the city’s community development director.
“This is a site that has been for sale for a while,” Koenig said. “Several people have looked at it over the years including Fred Meyer and others.”
The project still needs to go through an environmental review. And there will be the need for traffic improvements at the site including a roundabout at Soper Hill Road and 87th Avenue NE, Koenig said. The developer will pay for those costs.
There are six other Lowe’s in Snohomish County, including one in Everett and one in Arlington. This would be smaller than both of those stores, Koenig said.
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