Five Years of nextMLT

Five Years of nextMLT

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December 2018 marks five years since I started In the first post on December 16, 2013 I quoted Winston Churchill:

We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.

I followed by writing “nextMLT is about how we can and how we are getting from here to there. The city is changing whether we like it or not, so let's be involved, be informed, and make it what we want it to be. “

While most of what is posted on nextMLT is informational in nature I’d like to think that it has resulted in the Mountlake Terrace community being more engaged in how our city is shaped and how changes might impact us, both positive and negative.

This year I was excited to have Rory Paine-Donovan and Adam Bettcher join in nextMLT efforts as contributors both in writing for the website but also in cultivating relationships (typically over beers at Diamond Knot) with various community members, city staff and elected officials, land owners and developers.

While construction projects in the Town Center have been slow to get moving, 2019 will bring many of the changes that we’ve been writing about on nextMLT for some time now.

Projects currently under construction

  • Terrace Station - Gateway Boulevard extension and construction of a 6-story building containing 258 residential homes and ground floor commercial space

  • Atlas 236 - 5-story mixed-use building with 151 residential homes at the NE corner of 56th Ave W and 236th St SW

  • 55th Ave W Townhomes - 12 townhomes on 55th Ave W between 236th and 234th

Projects Likely Beginning Construction in 2019

  • Main Street Phase 1 - City project to rebuild 236th St SW from I-5 to 56th Ave W. New wider sidewalks, bike lanes, utilities, lighting and improved pedestrian crossings

  • Sound Transit Parking Lot at Rogers - Temporary commuter parking at the former Rogers property during light rail station construction

  • Sound Transit Light Rail Station - Lynnwood Link Light Rail Station beginning construction in 2019 and opening in 2024

  • Civic Campus Redevelopment - Construction of a new City Hall and expanded Police Station beginning mid-2019

  • Promenade Living at Town Square - 3-story mixed-use building north of the mosque on 56th with 47 residential homes and ground-floor commercial space. This project has been around for a very long time but some site work indicates construction may begin very soon.

Top 10 Most Viewed Posts

  1. Exposed beams and glass highlight two-story building planned for Handy Mart site - January 26, 2018

  2. Handy Mart at 228th/44th Sold at Auction - April 13, 2017

  3. Roger's Marketplace Property Sold - October 18, 2016

  4. Expanded MLT228 project adds residential component - September 26, 2018

  5. Rogers Market Site: Food Store, Residential, Office, and Retail Mixed-Use Project Proposed - December 19, 2016

  6. Mountlake Village renderings show grocery store, public plaza at former Rogers property - July 18, 2018

  7. Hemlock State Brewing is coming to downtown Mountlake Terrace - August 10, 2018

  8. Aliberto's Mexican Restaurant Coming to Downtown MLT - January 16, 2018

  9. Ownership of Roger’s Market Place Site Changes Hands - September 26, 2018

  10. New Restaurant Coming Soon to Arbor Village - Banh Mi Bites Street Food - March 8, 2017

I want to sincerely thank everyone who takes the time to read nextMLT. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am.


Dustin DeKoekkoek

Construction Begins on Three Story Mixed-Use Project on 56th Ave W

Construction Begins on Three Story Mixed-Use Project on 56th Ave W

Five story mixed-use project, Atlas 236, begins construction

Five story mixed-use project, Atlas 236, begins construction