JULY 28, 1997
Workers put up the back wall of the future Target store in Woodinville's downtown TRF-Pacific project.
Andrew Walgamott/staff photo
TRF site bustling with activity
by Andrew Walgamott
With the sunny weather last week, construction kicked into high gear at Woodinville's downtown TRF-Pacific project. Construction began on the future Target store after the company was granted a building permit, according to TRF-Pacific site manager Chuck Hart. Crews erected steel scaffolding and began piecing together the back wall of the 115,900 square-foot Target store alongside 140th Avenue N.E. last week. Hart said he also expected construction to begin imminently on the 130,000 square-foot Cineplex Odeon movie theater.
Work continues along N.E. 175th Street as well. According to Hart, contractors will taper the street from approximately Taco Time to Burger King to make it slightly wider. When the improvements are finished, red paver bricks that have been taken out will be placed in a four to five-foot swath up from the curb, according to Hart. From the bricks to the storefronts will be concrete leaf imprinting. New street lights and trees will line the area. Contractors are also laying the groundwork for future entrances into the development, making concrete forms and laying conduit for traffic signals.
Hart said "wet utilities" such as water, sewer and storm drains have been installed throughout the project site. Woodinville-Snohomish Road is closed while crews upgrade an old Woodinville Water District line and install a sewer drain. The road will also be raised approximately to the level of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad tracks.
Contractors for the project include Hos Brothers (finish grading work), Cochrane Electric (underground power), Prime Electric (signals and conduits) and Sellen (building Target), according to Hart. He added that leasing for the site is continuing and expected to announce new tenants in the next few weeks. Already signed up are Target, Top Food and Drug, Cineplex Odeon, Red Robin, Bernie's Bagels, Bella Cleaners, Cucina! Presto!, GNC, Great Clips, Hollywood Video, Starbucks Coffee, Todo Wraps and Barnes and Noble.
At completion in 1998, the TRF project will encompass 440,000 square feet of retail space with parking for approximately 2,300 vehicles. The project is estimated to cost $65 million.