Plan to add 1,500 apartment units bad fit in Mill Creek

It is recommended the Mill Creek council not approve the Mill Creek Boulevard Subarea Plan component that includes 1,500 low income and work force apartments with five-, six- and seven-story buildings. Implementation of this plan component is inconsistent with Mill Creek being characterized as ‘the little city in the country’ but is consistent with adding urban blight that drives lower real estate values.

Approval of this action will exacerbate limited police services and crowded schools as well as traffic congestion at or on the 164th, Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek Boulevard intersections and roadways. Likewise police and sherriff emergency traffic is impacted.

Implementing a tax-subsidized property that provides minimal recurring tax revenue for the City of Mill Creek advises that the economics around this action are questionable.

In recent years homeowners and city council members have embraced “no more apartments” in the City of Mill Creek, hence non-approval of this action aligns with this advocacy. The majority of Mill Creek homeowners with whom my wife and I are speaking are opposed and horrified that the council is planning to add 1,500 apartments to the city.

Robert Thompson

Mill Creek

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