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by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--After more than three years of work and anticipation, Bellevue-based TRF-Pacific will break ground on its 43-acre development in downtown Woodinville, bulldozing and paving the way for Target, Top Foods, movie theaters, and streetfront specialty shops.
The project, with a price tag pegged near $65 million, will build two new streets through the development, a new railroad crossing, and traffic signals on NE 175th Street, 140th Avenue NE and Woodinville Snohomish Road, to the tune of $6 million.
Target is slated to open in spring 1998, while the theaters, NE 175th Street shops, and Top Foods are scheduled to open in October 1997.
Buildings to be demolished include Bassett Run (the former Woodinville Weekly office and Pacific Cabulance duplex), Sew and Vac (which has moved to 175th Street Station), the production yard for Tilton Truss, two residences on 140th Avenue NE, several small houses on NE 175th Street, and the residence between the newspaper building and Sno-Wood Veterinary Hospital.
Area buildings to remain, which are not part of the development, include the main office for Tilton Truss, one residence belonging to Lowell DeYoung, Pennsylvania Woodworks, King County Credit Union, Napa Auto parts, Taco Time, Firestone, Schucks, Burger King, Knoll Lumber, AMS, and Sno-Wood Veterinary.
TRF's share of the project is about $50 million, with Target's share around $15 million. On Oct. 17, TRF consolidated the nine parcels from nine property owners in a deal estimated at around $19 million. TRF then sold Target's future site to the store for $6 million.
Confirmed tenants to date include Target, Top Foods, Red Robin Restaurant and a Cineplex Odeon 12-screen theater. Starbucks, GNC, Bernie's Bagels, Todo Wraps, and Hollywood Video will share one of the buildings fronting on NE 175th Street; Cucina! Presto! (a Cucina! Cucina! restaurant), Great Clips, and Bella Cleaners will share another. The retail frontage on 175th will all be trellised.
Negotiations are underway for a major bookstore, a bath and linen store, a pet supply store, and service-oriented shops. About 2,300 parking spaces are to be constructed on site to serve the development.
Residents and business owners may remember the Fred Meyer proposal a few years back, which included the southern 20 acres of the soon-to-be-TRF project. That project fell through because of traffic pitfalls.
TRF was then approached three years ago by four property owners with at total of 20 acres who wanted TRF to "assemble" them, along with other properties, into a more viable project. TRF-Pacific President Bob Parks said it was the only time a group of property owners had approached the company.
The "shopping village," as some are calling it, will have a look consistent with the city's interim design principles, and TRF worked for several months with the planning commission to make sure the designs were acceptable. There will be no monument sign identifying the sites, though large sculptures are being considered at the main entrances on three sides.
The Target tilt-ups will look like a series of storefronts, with parapets and mixed media such as metal, brick, and wood, similar to Pickering Farm in Issaquah.