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 [link to file], 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 [link to 2005 plan] 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 [links to sites], 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 [link to site] 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 [link to ST], 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.