Major development proposed for Town Center
September 3, 2014
By Ari Cetron
If all goes according to plan, one Sammamish icon will be replaced with something that may become another, possibly starting as soon as next year.
Developer TRF Pacific will be constructing a mixed-use development on the northwest corner of 228th Avenue and Northeast Fourth Street. The space is currently occupied by, among other things, a train caboose visible from the roads.
Bob Parks, a partner in TRF Pacific, said he understands the owner of the caboose will be taking it with him.
The overall project, in the Town Center area, will include about 105,000 square feet of retail space and up to 160 housing units.
The anchor tenant, which will be built on the corner of the property, will be Metropolitan Market, a grocery store.
“Metropolitan Market is thrilled to be part of this exciting project in such a great community,” Terry Halverson, Metropolitan Market’s CEO, said in a news release.
The Seattle-based chain will join a crowded grocery market in the area, with Safeway, QFC and Trader Joe’s already in place along 228th Avenue.
Metropolitan Market will form only a fraction of the overall project.
Parks explained the rest of his company’s vision. He cautioned that they have yet to meet with the city about the details, so there may be changes in the finished product.
The grocery store will be in the corner of the roughly six-acre area being developed. The overall parcel is steeply sloped, Parks explained, so his company is trying to work with the change in grade, creating a project that from the side might look a little like a staircase.
The plan is to include a parking lot on top of the market, Parks said. That lot will be on the same level as another set of buildings, including a possible drug store. Parks said a deal is not yet finalized for which drug store will be the tenant, so he could not disclose which one. Additionally, there will be space for some other retail stores.
There will be more parking on top of the drug store area and that parking will be in front of about 40,000 square feet of office space, and space for a restaurant.
Parks said the interest he’s had so far could lead to the office space being used for medical offices, although that may change, and there may be other types of offices included.
Parks also said it was too early to have details about which restaurant might be included in the project.
The next and final step would include space for 160 residential units. Parks said his company would not likely be developing the residential end, so he did not have details on whether or an affordable housing plan might be included or what other incentives the residential project might take advantage of.
He did say that, so far, he’s been seeing some particular interest.
“The market is responding to senior housing,” Parks said.
The overall project will have elevators connecting the different levels, which he said he hopes will allow for good pedestrian flow through the project. The commercial portion will likely have a bit more than 400 parking spots, and the residential component will have parking of its own.
Ideally, Parks said he hopes to complete the permitting process by next spring and start construction in the summer of 2015. Parks hopes it will not require phasing, and could instead be built all at once. If all goes well, the stores could open by the fall of 2016.