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Officials commemorate East Gateway’s Vintage at Mill Creek affordable senior housing development groundbreaking

Officials with golden shovels break ground at East Gateway Urban Village. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.
Officials with golden shovels break ground at East Gateway Urban Village. Photo credit: Richard Van Winkle.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

Officials from the City of Mill Creek, Vintage Housing, Northshore Senior Center, FPI Management, Inland Group, and other organizations gathered to commemorate the groundbreaking of Mill Creek’s latest housing project on Wednesday morning, August 31, 2016.

You can click on the links to see the remarks these officials made at the groundbreaking ceremony:

It will take about 18 months for Inland Group to build Vintage at Mill Creek, an affordable senior housing development consisting of two five-story mixed-use residential buildings and three single-story parking/storage buildings on about four acres in Mill Creek’s East Gateway Urban Village.

The two multi-story buildings will contain 216 affordable senior housing apartments with private exterior decks on the upper floors.

Vintage Housing plans 15,539 square feet of combined residential-use and commercial-use space on the ground floors of the two multi-story buildings.

Since residential-use of ground floor space is not normally allowed in the East Gateway Urban Village, a deal was negotiated between Vintage Housing and the Mill Creek City Council last year.

At the Mill Creek City Council’s September 1, 2015, meeting City Manager Polizzotto announced that Vintage Housing had agreed to include a 2,800 square foot Mill Creek Senior Center and a 500 square foot Mill Creek Police satellite office as part of the ground floor space at no cost to Mill Creek or the Northshore Senior Center, who now operates the Mill Creek Senior Center.

As well, Vintage Housing agreed to make the ground-floor residential-use salon, fitness center, and common area kitchen available to Mill Creek Senior Center members. A total of 2,500 square feet of dedicated space will be provided for these uses.

FPI Management will lease and manage the property for Vintage Housing after Inland Group out of Spokane builds it.

FPI Managment Senior Vice President Maureen Picarella said although pre-leasing for apartments won’t begin until the fall of 2017, interested parties can call 877-386-1777 to be put on an information distribution list.

Editor's note: This article was updated on September 7, 2016, to add links to the official remarks.

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