Meeting called to order 7:00 pm
I. Lake & Central development - presentation by Glenn Peterson
Due to a conflict with the Lake & Central Workshop which was taking place at the same time as the Moss Bay Neighborhood Association meeting, Glenn Peterson was moved ahead on the agenda. He gave his report on Lake & Central before returning to the Workshop at the Senior Center.
Glenn introduced himself as a member of the 12 person steering committee that was commissioned by the City to review the Lake & Central development proposal by Milliken-Martin. Glenn is the Kirkland Downtown on the Lake Representative. The Lake & Central Steering Committee includes 6 CIVIK members (Citizens for a Viable Kirkland) and 6 others. Their first charge was to find out what people think of the proposed building.
On December 30 Milliken-Martin presented a revised proposal to the City and asked that the City Council make a decision whether or not to move forward with the sale of the Lake & Central parking lot property at the February 15, 2005 City Council meeting. The new proposal includes a building with:
Lake & Central Workshop B – at the Senior Center
Sat, Feb 5 at 10 – 1 pm and
Mon, Feb 7 at 7 – 9:30 pm
At this second round of Workshops the changes that were proposed during the first round of Workshops will be presented for comment.
Discussion regarding the Lake & Central proposal continued regarding the replacement of 58 existing parking spaces on the site. The current rendering does not provide for the replacement of these parking spaces on site due to downsizing of the building project from the original proposal. Proceeds from the sale of the land must be used for equivalent parking. The land is expected to sell for $2 million and there has been talk of using that money to purchase 250-300 parking stalls in a proposed parking garage behind Hector’s Restaurant on Lake Street and Kirkland Avenue. The question remains whether or not this site can be secured for a parking garage prior to Feb 15.
II Election of Officers
A. PACE site development - presentation by Bruce Knowlton, VP CamWest
CamWest development plans for the PACE Chemical site include a residential construction project of 64 homes. However, prior to purchasing the property CamWest wants to get an understanding of any residual chemicals on the property. Testing of the land and run off from the property is underway with boring in the street and on the site. They expect to know the results in about 2 weeks time. Prior to closing on the property the current owner is expected to produce clean test results once per quarter. After the current testing phase is done the design phase will begin to take shape. Bruce agreed to email our neighborhood association co-chair and webmaster, Don Winters, when sale of the property closes.
Questions from neighbors were answered including:
What are you finding on the property? Oil, diesel, gas, vinyl chloride
What will the homes look like? It’s too early to talk about design however some of the homes are expected to be similar to CamWest’s 3rd Av S development which is east of State St and the development will most likely include some larger single family homes along 7th Av S.
B. Green Funeral Home – Bruce Knowlton reported that the property is no longer available for sale, CamWest was close to making a deal however as of one week ago it had not sold.
Green is expected to be vacating the building on 1/31 however there is talk that an employee has been given right of first refusal to purchase the property and may continue operations.
The Green Funeral Home mansion was built in 1914 by Clark Nettleton, one-time publisher of the Seattle PI. Right now there is nothing in place to stop anyone from tearing it down. It’s not listed on the National Register.
C. Old Safeway Site –the City approved a 4 story building. There was talk that a nearby condominium association was planning to appeal the development. As a result the developer has now downsized his plans to a 3 story condominium project with retail on the bottom floor including 2 courtyards.
D. Old Grape Choice site – hotel project
Owners: Don Holt 425-822-2290 and Bill Corbett
There has been a delay in getting permits however they expect to tear down the existing building in 30-60 days. Hotel details:
Note--Since our meeting, an article appeared in the King County Journal explaining that the project was awaiting financing: http://www.kingcountyjournal.com/sited/story/html/184632
E. Kirkland Central – mixed use/condo development at 75 Kirkland Way
G. Transit Center – will remain on 3rd St where it currently resides between Kirkland Ave and Central Way
K. Rail trail – no news
IV. Grant Applications -
Annual membership dues – $15
Discussed annual matching grant application to the City for $3,500. A suggestion was made that give our $3,500 to the Centennial fund and match it with volunteer hours at the Centennial Celebration
No one volunteered to lead a committee
V. No New Business
VI. Next Meeting March 21, 2005 (Third Monday of odd months)
Heritage Hall 7-9 pm
Agenda & minutes available at www.mossbay.org
Meeting adjourned early at 8:30 pm (Lake & Central meeting was still in session until 9:30 pm and many left early to attend)