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Starting in June 2018, the City Council authorized moving forward with the next phase of work on planning for the Town Center redevelopment. "Phase 2" involves amending the City’s Planning and Land Use Regulations chapter of the code to align design and development requirements so that they better support implementing the Town Center Vision developed earlier this year through an intensive community engagement process. Public input on the Draft Vision was collected between April 9 and April 26, 2018. The final Vision is available in the Project Library.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) In compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the City is completing an EIS to evaluate potential alternatives for code changes and related redevelopment scenarios for Town Center. Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public were invited to comment on the scope of the EIS to analyze potential changes to the City’s Planning and Land Use Regulations and related redevelopment scenarios. Learn about how comments were collected.
Coordination with project partners continues The City and its consultants are working closely with Sound Transit, Merlone Geier, and other project partners throughout the process. The goal for this second 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.
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.