By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, July 17, 2020.
The project to build a new indoor private swim school located on North Creek Drive across from Heatherwood Apartments achieved two major milestones in the past few weeks.
The Mill Creek Hearing Examiner approved the development agreement and the city council approved a sight distance easement, which was one of the hearing examiner’s conditions of approval.
Currently the 4.5 acre property on which the new swim school will be built is undeveloped forest land with a Category III Wetland located in the northeastern portion of the site.
Two stormwater detention/treatment systems are proposed to ensure runoff from the new development conforms with Washington State stormwater discharge flow and quality requirements.
A new 10,000 square foot building will house a 50-foot by 70-foot swimming pool used by 7C’s Swim School to conduct swimming lessons.
According to the owner’s development application, “7C’s Swim School develops swimmers by using caring and customized methods to help them build a connection with their instructors and become comfortable in the water. After swimmers become comfortable in the water, their compassionate instructors help them develop confidence in their skills and abilities while learning respect for the water.”
7C’s Swim School now operates swim schools in Bothell and Everett.
Site improvements include 54 parking spaces, concrete sidewalks, the two stormwater facilities, and associated utilities.
The development proposal gained final conditional approval from the Mill Creek Hearing examiner on June 30th.
He determined that the project conforms to all of the city’s applicable development standards and listed the conditions to which the project would be required to conform.
One of the conditions for approval was for swim club owners to improve the safety of vehicles entering and exiting the property by clearing existing vegetation and a fence on city-owned property to the south.
In order for this to happen, the city had to grant a sight distance easement to the owner across a small portion of city property.
Since granting this easement would only marginally impact future development of the city property, on July 14th the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Michael Ciaravino to execute a negotiated agreement allowing this to happen.
The terms of the agreement requires the swim club owner must do the following:
- Clear and grade the 1,337 square foot easement.
- Replace the fence that was removed with a new wooden fence along the easement area and connect it to a new fence along the swim club property.
- Take responsibility for any claims arising from this construction.
- Pay the city $3,635.50 for the lost use of this portion of city-owned property.
Granting this easement should allow the 7C’s Swim Club design/build contractor to begin clearing and grading of the site in early August.
Fence and vegetation that must be removed from city-owned property. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.