Imagine an open, green plaza in the center of Shoreline, filled with sun-bathing and studying students, young families watching their children run and play, an elderly couple enjoying a Central Market picnic, dogs wagging their tails, actors practicing their lines, and the sound of college-age buskers singing with an occasional clink as coins fall into a hat.
This is the back-drop to the busy comings and goings of shoppers and lunching workers who relish the time of their day that allows them to visit the renewed Aurora Square shopping center. It is a “one-stop” convenience shopping solution that provides dining, nightlife, and healthy-lifestyle options. It is a community gathering place, where a leg-stretching walk easily turns into a serendipitous rendezvous with friends. It is an environmentally sensitive district within walking distance of Metro’s Rapid Ride bus service and the Interurban Trail: the intersection of life, study, entertainment, sustainability and retail.
Update - January 2018
The City continues to encourage renewal of the Aurora Square CRA according to the project-based CRA Renewal Plan
The City's unilateral efforts include:
- Conducting a feasibility study of a regional stormwater facility to serve the CRA;
- Initiating a redesign of the Westminster Way N and N 155th Intersection;
- Both projects will be featured at an Open House at City Hall from 6:00 – 7:30pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018;
- Continuing to support the "Phase Zero" effort of hosting the Shoreline Farmer's Market in the CRA; and
- Pushing forward with required signage and rebranding of the center as "Shoreline Place."
See all of the updates on the January 2018 of the CRA Plan
On the private side:
- Redevelopment of the 17-acre Sears property is critical to the comprehensive redevelopment of the CRA. Sears sold its property to Merlone Geier Partners in mid-2017 and is closing retail operations in April 2018. Merlone Geier Partners launched http://shorelineplace.com in January 2018 to solicit input and provide updates on redevelopment progress.
- The Super China Buffet site application to replace the restaurant with an apartment building expired in 2017. The applicant was unable to get a needed internal shopping center operational agreement amendment from the other CRA property owners.
- The triangle property between Westminster Way N and Aurora Avenue N was proceeding in 2016 when the developer, Lobsang Dargey, ran into legal issues with the SEC. The property was put into receivership, and the City worked with the Receiver to get the buildings demolished and is now working with the company that has the project under contract, Trammell Crow Residential. TCR has resolved two major hurdles: 1) resolved bankruptcy issues, and 2) received approval on its environmental cleanup plan of former dry cleaner contamination from the Department of Ecology. Now the 324-unit project is completing the building permit process and hope to break ground in June 2018.
For more information contact Dan Eernissee, Economic Development Manager.
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