By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Hearing Examiner Pro Tem Emily Terrell approved the Vintage of Mill Creek binding site plan on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. This major milestone allows the developer to apply for site preparation permits and to submit plans to Mill Creek’s Design Review Board for final review.
Vintage Housing wants to begin construction of the mixed-use development this summer.
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 on about four acres.
The two multi-story buildings will contain 216 affordable senior housing units with private exterior decks on the upper floors.
Vintage Housing proposes 15,539 square feet of commercial space including amenities such as a mini-mart, a salon, and a fitness center on the ground floors of the two multi-story buildings with the commercial space fronting the East Gateway Urban Village spine road and the 41st Avenue SE access road from 132nd Street SE.
Vintage Housing will include a 2,800 square foot senior center and a 500 square foot police satellite office as part of the ground floor commercial space at no cost to Mill Creek or the Northshore Senior Center.
As well, the developer agreed to make the planned salon, fitness center, and common area kitchen available to Mill Creek Senior Center members as well as apartment residents. A total of 2,500 square feet of dedicated space will be provided for these uses.
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.
Access to the development from 132nd Street SE will be at 41st Avenue SE. This new road won’t have a traffic signal nor will it allow left turns either in or out the complex.
Mill Creek’s Design Review Board has already had a preliminary plan review meeting with the developer, so the final design review should begin in May and go quickly.
Google map showing planned location for Vintage of Mill Creek. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.