In just over two years, the area of land adjacent to Woodinville City Hall has transformed from several decrepit buildings to a flourishing downtown core.

On Sept. 21, Mainstreet Property Group and HAL Real Estate announced the grand opening of District Flats, a new mixed-use residential and retail building in Woodinville’s Schoolhouse District development.

District Flats, located at 17409 133rd Ave NE, features 264 residential units across three, five-story buildings. Units range in size from 315 square feet to 1,672 square feet, according to a press release from the developer.  

According to Mainstreet, the apartment complex is approximately 34% pre-leased heading into the project’s grand opening weekend. About 65 new tenants are scheduled to move-in by the end of September.

“We could not be more thrilled with our residential customers feedback so far,” said Kelly Price, president at Mainstreet. “The activity has well-surpassed our expectations and it is great to see that The District Flats will be a vibrant and thriving addition to the Woodinville community and the emerging Schoolhouse District in no time.”

Apartment options include petite suites, studio flats and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. There are also several den and tech options. The project is targeting U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for eco-friendly construction, the press release said. 

“It’s also worth noting that the commercial spaces are 90 percent leased with an amazing roster of restaurants and wineries, a gastro pub, champagne bar, salon and a café with more store fronts to be announced soon,” Price said.

District Flats is located within the broader five-acre Schoolhouse District project, which includes onsite eateries Ballard Pizza and Café Dupar as well as a potential ice cream shop. The development also features a Wine Walk Row with 11 curated tasting rooms such as Valdemar Estates.

The developers worked diligently to preserve and restore the historic Schoolhouse No. 23 building, which faces Northeast 175th Street. Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing plan to open inside the schoolhouse in 2022. 

City Manager Brandon Buchanan said the newly-restored Carol Edwards Center, which supports the YMCA, should be complete by the end of 2021. It will house a gym and event space as well as a commercial kitchen for Meals on Wheels. 

Across the way, the YMCA building has space for about 120 kids. The playset, which overlooks the sports fields, is reserved for YMCA during the day. However, the public can enjoy it after hours. 

Other special touches throughout the property include an interactive garden, public art with two custom murals, four art installations, plenty of outdoor seating, and a Great Lawn for lounging. Additionally, there are 400 stalls of controlled-access underground parking, with 170 stalls available for public use, the release states.

Buchanan said the new Festival Street, which is located next to the sports fields, will be used for city events as well as the Woodinville Farmers Market. 

“It’s all set up to flow into one space,” he said. 

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