The Mill Creek City Council posthumously honored “Red” Jacobsen, one of the first Mill Creek Town Center developers, for his “Outstanding Contributions to the Mill Creek Town Center and Quality of Life in the City of Mill Creek” at their regular meeting on November 12, 2013.
Jacobsen passed away on October 10, 2013. His wife, Sally, and their son Eric attended the November 12th meeting and received a proclamation from Mill Creek Mayor Mike Todd detailing Jacobsen’s contributions to the City.
Bill Trimm, former Mill Creek Community Development Director, said, “The City planned the Mill Creek Town Center and laid the ground work for development, but it took the courage of developers like Red Jacobsen to make it happen. Without him and the other developers, the Town Center would still be empty space.”
According to Mill Creek’s proclamation, “Red Jacobsen purchased the first building lot from William Buchan Homes at the northwest comer of 153rd and Main Street and worked with City staff to design a 50,000 square foot three story mixed-use building with heretofore untested building elements in a suburban retail market such as underground parking and second story retail uses.”
Tom Rogers, current Mill Creek Planning Director, said the underground parking structure was the first of its kind in suburban Snohomish County and was necessary to provide adequate parking for the businesses housed in the new building.
Jacobsen “successfully attracted business interests to invest in the building,” which became known as Park Place Center, and was completed in 2004. La Palmera was one of the first investors and this high-quality Mexican restaurant and bar became a magnet for visitors.
Jacobsen’s second Mill Creek Town Center project was Creekside Village, a 49,000 square foot two-story building, which was completed in 2007. The Forum, a venue used for Mill Creek Town Center summer concerts, is located in this multi-use facility.
Here is the full text of the proclamation honoring “Red” Jacobsen:
WHEREAS, in 1992, the City of Mill Creek City Council, following extensive public participation and Planning Commission recommendations, adopted an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations to provide for a new mixed-use urban center that could generate economic development activity, preserve environmental features, and create a sense of place for the Mill Creek community; and
WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan designated the new mixed-use center as the Mill Creek Town Center: and
WHEREAS, the master site plan for the Town Center created three development phases and encompassed 18 acres of net developable land including Phase I that was purchased and subdivided by developer William Buchan Homes; and
WHEREAS, the City conducted a ground breaking ceremony in July of 2002 that was attended by numerous citizens including a stately gentleman who wore a T-shirt with a logo that read, "Mill Creek Town Center The Place to Be;" and
WHEREAS, that stately gentleman introduced himself as "Red" Jacobsen and said that he liked the City's vision and wanted to build one of the first buildings in the Town Center; and
WHEREAS, Red Jacobsen purchased the first building lot from William Buchan Homes at the northwest comer of 153rd and Main Street and worked with City staff to design a 50,000 square foot three story mixed-use building with heretofore untested building elements in a suburban retail market such as underground parking and second story retail uses; and
WHEREAS, Red Jacobsen's creative entrepreneurial spirit successfully attracted business interests to invest in the building, including a restaurant on the second story, and leased tenant spaces to a variety of retail, entertainment and office uses; and
WHEREAS, the building was completed in 2004 and named "Park Place Center;" and, following the highly successful grand opening of the second story La Palmera restaurant, it became evident to many that Red's vision as "Mill Creek Town Center as the Place to Be" was going to become a reality; and
WHEREAS, the success of Red's first building resulted in his purchase of two more lots on the east side of Main Street for the construction of a 49,000 square foot two story office/retail building over underground parking; and
WHEREAS, his second building named "Creekside Village" was completed in 2007 and included an iconic glass covered public gathering place named "The Forum" that is to this day still used for public events; and
WHEREAS, Red Jacobsen's successful completion of Mill Creek Town Center buildings paved the way for other commercial developers to build-out the Town Center with contemporary building designs consistent with the approved master plan; and
WHEREAS, Red Jacobsen passed away on October 10, 2013 having left a lasting legacy for present and future generations:
NOW, THEREFORE, We, the City Council of the City of Mill Creek,
To Honor Red Jacobsen for his Outstanding Contributions to the Mill Creek Town Center and Quality of Life in the City of Mill Creek.