If you thought, “Lynnwood? Isn’t that a town waaay up north of Seattle?” You’d be in for a surprise these days!
Lynnwood’s building a City Center. The city is rolling out plans for the development of two large apartment complexes and a hotel (beginning already this year), right at the intersection of 196th and I-5. This is a hot spot because it will also welcome Light Rail in the not too distant future. Work on the Light Rail begins in 2018 and will have a transit center around the 200th SW block. One of the structures is to be a 300 unit senior housing project, while the other is to be “affordable workforce housing,” whatever that is going to cost.
All of this development is creating a “walkable downtown core” – meaning shorter blocks, wider sidewalks, taller buildings, and so forth. With the new flurry of improvements, 196th is also going to be widened. The long-promised Costco is going to open just north of Alderwood Mall.
A section of 198th SW is slated to become a “main street-style” area. There are rumours of a tentatively planned new park too.
Some of the height boundaries are being upzoned to 30 stories, while a 35 FOOT height limit would be set for buildings that are adjacent to residential structures. (Do you see a canyon in the making here, folks?) If a 30-story building WERE constructed in the new hood, that would turn out to be the highest building in Snohomish County.
What is the purpose of all this construction? Frankly? Lynnwood is positioning itself to be an affordable housing target as they are located midway between Seattle and Everett. They seem to think that within the next 20 years, they will see a growth of 35-55,000 households. Wanna bet it’ll happen sooner than 20 years?
If you want “in” on the excitement of this growing and forward-thinking community, while prices are still affordable, call Rita! She and her team will help you find a terrific investment, guide you through your options, and help sort out all the details of a purchase.
Photo courtesy City of Lynnwood
Here’s your opportunity to have your voice heard regarding parking in your neighborhood!
Much discussion has been going on about West Seattle parking, in general, as well as in the Fauntleroy area. If you’d like to take a brief survey and provide your opinion and feedback before the end of business day on Thursday, March 26, 2015, do it!
The survey asks if you are a homeowner or tenant. It would like answers regarding parking, your public transit use, whether you favor more parking enforcement or the establishment of RPZ (restricted parking zone for the neighbors).
I entered my own information and offered how I use West Seattle. I pick up dog food at Petco. My husband and I eat at restaurants. We buy antiques, clothing and home decorating items. We are NOT going to take the bus to get there. But that’s just us.
My input included suggestions for either parking garages which could be obscured to make neighbors happy, or the construction of garages at SODO with a shuttle service that could take people to the Junction or to Fauntleroy to hop a ferry. Fewer cars parking on the street? Maybe they’d consider it, especially during the summer season.
What are YOUR ideas? You’ve got a day or so to speak up. IF you want to know the results, you can offer your email. Otherwise, you are submitting the info anonymously.
Do you own a West Seattle home? Are you a tenant looking to buy something in West Seattle? Each of you have specific set of needs that someone with knowledge of the area and real estate experience can offer. Call Rita Harris, Broker. She’s an original Seattleite and will have answers for your questions. Don’t waste time. Just call her…
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