|Bothell’s revitalization taking shape|
|Written by Shannon Michael Features Writer|
|Monday, 05 August 2013 10:50|
Visitors to Bothell, and its residents, are seeing a lot of construction activity as the revitalization project area, named Bothell Landing, begins to take shape.
Bothell Landing is a suburban district that links five mini-neighborhoods together through $150 million in public investment in infrastructure including the SR 522 Crossroads Project realignment and widening of SR 527 through downtown Bothell.
That public investment has been surpassed by about $207 million in private investment to build retail, office and apartment space. Additional projects will occur in the future as more available property is sold and developed.
The mini-neighborhoods that comprise Bothell Landing east to west are called Campus, East BothellLanding, Riverfront, The Junction, and West Bothell Landing. A map outlining each of the neighborhoods can be found on www.futureofbothell.com.
Starting in the Campus Neighborhood are projects near UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College. The Village at Beardslee Crossing is a 10-acre mixed use private development under construction that will include about 450 residential units. It will also have about 50,000 square feet of commercial space for shops, restaurants and offices, and a community plaza and park space.
Currently, two phases of the project are under construction, according to developer Steve Cox of West Ridge Land Corporation. Phase One includes 146 residential units and 4,000 square feet of commercial space. Phase Two has 158 residential units and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.
The first phase is on track to be completed in late February or early March 2014, and the second phase should be done by July 2014. “We have half our commercial space filled, and we plan to announce who is filling those spaces in mid-August,” said Cox.
The development is seeking to fill out the commercial space with food, services, restaurant, personal and medical/dental businesses, Cox explained, also adding, “We are actively pursuing a small grocery tenant.”
Of note, too, is the publicly funded construction of the UW Bothell Science and Academic Building, slated to be finished next spring. The building, which will be known as UWB 3, will house programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is the first building under construction on the campus in 10 years.
According to Richard Penny, vice chancellor for advancement and external relations for UW Bothell, the goal is for the campus to become a leader in the STEM disciplines of study.
“We plan to start moving into the building summer of 2014, and have students and faculty start using the building in fall 2014,” said Penny.
“The new building will give the university, which currently has about 4,000 full-time enrolled students, the ability to increase in size to 5,000 students within the next six years,” he added.
In addition to the new building, the Board of Regents just approved a new Student Activity Center, which will house student clubs and a fitness center. It will be located next to the new sports field and is slated to open in the fall of 2014, too, according to Penny.
Closer to downtown Bothell in the East Bothell Landing area is The 104, located at 18412 – 104th Ave. NE, a 115-apartment building slated to open on September 17. It is adjacent to the Bothell Post Office.
The Junction Neighborhood, which includes the location where the old Northshore School District brick headquarters were located, has new walls going up on the new retail, business and apartment space called Six Oaks. The name comes from the six large oak trees that were preserved on the southern edge of the property.
The Six Oaks five-story community will include 203 apartments and space for three retail operations, according to Kim Faust of Main Street Property Group, LLC. Faust says the project will be completed by November 2014.
Patricia Lindsey, Kidder Matthews’ representative in charge of securing retail leases for Six Oaks, is in final negotiations for a restaurant tenant for the space in the northeast corner of the project, but she could not comment yet on who the prospective tenant will be. “There is a lot of interest in downtown Bothell,” she said, adding that she’s received a lot of inquiries on the three spaces available for development within the project.