By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Early in March the City of Mill Creek received a formal binding site plan application for a new mixed-use development called the Vintage at Mill Creek on about four acres in the East Gateway Urban Village. There are no buildings currently on the site where the proposed development is planned.
Access to Vintage at Mill Creek will be from 132nd Street SE and from connections to the future public East Gateway Urban Village “spine” road to the east and west of the proposed development.
Vintage Housing proposes to build an affordable senior housing development consisting of two five-story mixed-use residential buildings and three single-story parking/storage buildings.
The two multi-story buildings will contain 216 affordable senior housing units with private exterior decks on the upper floors. Amenities such as a mini-mart, a salon, and a fitness center along with 4,100 square feet of commercial space will be on the ground floor of these buildings with the commercial space fronting the spine and access roads.
According to Vintage Housing’s project narrative the project will conform with Mill Creeks zoning regulations and design standards, “The commercial component front the spine and access road and will be designed to align with the city’s vision of the EGUV… The project is not seeking any regulation modifications.”
Landscaping and open spaces are proposed as well as a 50-foot wide vegetated roadway buffer with sidewalk along 132nd Street SE.
As part of their development Vintage Housing will build the portion of the East Gateway Urban Village “spine” road that is on their property.
Mill Creek’s Community Development Department planners determined that Vintage Housing’s development application was complete the week of March 30th and have begun their detailed review of the project in order to negotiate a development agreement with the applicant.
This negotiated development agreement is subject to review and approval by the Mill Creek City Council.
Once the development agreement has been approved, the City’s Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on the Binding Site Plan.
This entire review and negotiation process will take months, but both the City of Mill Creek and Vintage Housing are very interested in striking a deal.