WOODWAY — A developer needs to address lingering questions about plans to build 3,080 waterfront condos at Point Wells, including parking, landslide hazards and cleaning up industrial contamination, Snohomish County staff said Friday.
Blue Square Real Estate has until Jan. 8 to supply missing information, according to a letter from county planners. The deadline is intended to give county staff time to review the information before BSRE’s permit applications are set to expire in mid-2018. The next step in the approval process would be a draft environmental impact statement.
Plans for the luxury high-rise project, with towers of up to 17 stories, have been crawling through the approval process since 2011. County planners said only half of the concerns they identified four years ago have been addressed, but noted the developer has made progress.
The 61-acre site is on unincorporated land, bordered by Woodway and the city of Shoreline. Traffic poses a problem, as the area now can only be reached by a two-lane road near the water. The developer this spring proposed adding a second access road from 116th Avenue W. in Woodway, on what’s now primarily a utility corridor. A steep bluff to the east also presents a potential landslide risk.
If built, BSRE has promised an extensive environmental cleanup of the site, which currently houses storage tanks for marine fuels and an asphalt plant.
Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; nhaglund@herald net.com. Twitter: @NWhaglund.