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The Next Phase of Work Begins On June 14, the Lake Forest Park City Council approved contracts to move the City into the next phase of work on planning for the Town Center redevelopment. By unanimous votes, the City Council approved agreements with Sheils Obletz Johnsen, Inc. (SOJ) and Otak, Inc. to begin laying the groundwork for redevelopment of the Town Center that will reflect the input received from the community in the last phase of work. Through an extensive outreach process led by the consulting teams (see chart below), the residents of Lake Forest Park articulated the characteristics, qualities, and components they would like to see considered as Sound Transit and Merlone Geier plan for investments on the property. Expressed in the Town Center Vision, the public’s input will be the guiding force as the City undertakes revisions to its development code, a SEPA review process, and coordinates closely with Sound Transit, Merlone Geier, and other project partners. The goal for this phase of the work is to produce a revised development code that will reflect and facilitate the desires of the community, while enabling efficient, responsive, and coordinated investments by Sound Transit and Merlone Geier.
As this second phase of work gets underway, additional updates will be posted here.
The Engagement Process The City of Lake Forest Park has undertaken an intensive community engagement process with more than 30 meetings and workshop sessions in recent months (illustrated in the chart below). At these meetings, residents provided hundreds of ideas and comments about what they would like to see at Town Center in the future.
The City collected input on the Draft Vision between April 9 and April 26, 2018. Comments were collected at the Open House on April 12, City Council meeting on April 12, and online via comment form and email. The final Vision is available in the Project Library.
What is the Town Center Vision?
Through the Town Center Vision, the community has the opportunity to influence how the City will keep pace with its growing population and set the course for an enduring, transit- and people-oriented Town Center that's consistent with Lake Forest Park's values.
2004: The City completed Sustaining a Livable Lake Forest Park: The Future of our Town Center, which recommended transitioning Town Center from a shopping center to a mixed-use center with housing, retail, commercial, and public spaces.
2006: The City adopted design guidelines and regulations to implement the 2004 plan’s vision. The City was discussing with the owners of the Town Center shopping center the possibility of redeveloping it into a mixed-use center when the economic downturn hit, rendering the project economically unfeasible.
2016: The $6.9 million Lyon Creek Project replaced undersized culverts, restored a half-mile of streambed, rebuilt a park, and added a new park, resolving flooding issues and showcasing the potential for waterways to serve as a feature of Town Center.
2016: The City undertook Safe Streets and Safe Highways, two mobility studies aimed at creating safe, multimodal connections to Town Center and the SR 522 transit corridor as well as making SR 522 and SR 104 more accommodating to transit, pedestrians, and cyclists.
2017: Healthy Creeks is a salmon runs recovery study and preliminary design project that will add another 1.5 miles of barrier-free passage through Town Center.
2017-2024: As part of the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 (ST3) package, Sound Transit will plan and build a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Lake Forest Park, better connecting the City to the region. It will include a stop at Town Center, 25 blocks of sidewalks along SR 522, and a 300-vehicle park-and-ride garage.