Public process for the park is robust. Sites are selected for off-site tree mitigation
When Capstone purchased the Overlake Group Health site this Spring to build their mixed-use urban village it didn't take them long to get to the drawing boards. In last night's Council session Capstone's Mike Hubbard said the hotel and conference center would move to the Northwest corner and it was decided they would design, own, and maintain the park. After the spine road and parcel access roads are built, residential units (near 152nd) owned by Avalon will be constructed in May/June of next year. All other construction will come afterwards.
1400 multi-family residential units, 1.2 million square feet of commercial (office and retail) an 180,000 sq. ft. hotel/conference center, 2.7 acre public park and 10 acres of off site forest canopy are slated to be constructed eventually in this transit friendly mixed-use village. The Group Health Hospital has already been demolished; possibly the second largest demolition in the State after the Kingdome, according to Hubbard.
The public process for development of the park will be robust. The Parks Commission and Design Review Board will hold special meetings on the park. A Public Hearing is scheduled for October 15. The first of two Community Meetings will be held mid-November. Councilmember Allen asked that Council have input before the project goes to a formal "Type II" Review. So there will be plenty of public comment time up front before formal review.
Off Site Tree mitigation of all the trees that will be chopped down at the site drew the most interest and discussion from Council. After consulting with Sustainable Redmond, staff narrowed down the potential sites for 81% of the trees from 14 to 7 and then 6. They based their site selection on visibility, closeness to trails, habitat value, connection points between critical areas, and proximity to Overlake. Perrigo Park, Perrigo Heights Open Space, Cascade View Park, the 2.5 acres behind Swedish Medical offices, and wetlands near the Marymoor Storage Center were finalists. Councilmember John Stilin asked if citizens living near parks and open space gave any input, besides Sustainable Redmond members View Point Open Space Corridor was the closest available location to Overlake for the remaining 2 acres of mitigation...but the slopes are steep. The small tree "specimens" will be planted this Fall.
Reported by Bob Yoder