City Council Special Meeting

  • Written by David B. Clark
City Council called to order a Special Meeting on Tuesday, December 5th before their regular and final meeting of the calendar year. The meeting was held largely so MainStreet Property Group and HAL Real Estate could share their masterplanning study for the Woodinville Civic Campus Plan. Brandon Buchanan began the Special Meeting by stating, “It is important to note that we’ve got to this point… [this is] a well-developed proposal in a short period of time.”
The Civic Campus is a 3.3-acre setting that has acted as a focal point for the Woodinville community for well over a hundred years. The site is extremely accessible offering miles of recreation possibilities via the Sammamish River Trail and the Eastside River Corridor. Sitting at roughly a 15’ grade change from the northeast to southwest, this area offers beautiful views looking west. The Carol Edwards Center is one of two buildings on the site. The other, most notably due to consistent community buzz, is The Old Woodinville Schoolhouse.
The Old Woodinville Schoolhouse is an 18,400 square-foot building that is rooted in its 1930s and 1940s history. It is a state and national historic landmark and restoring and repurposing the building while maintaining its charm and character is something that fuels the design team. “There’s nothing in the world like this schoolhouse,” said Kelly Price, president of MainStreet Property Group. The presentation went on while Price and other presenters offered their visions for the Civic Campus. Their initial ideas on the rec center would be to maintain it rather than replace or renovate. Additionally, affordable housing is not something that is included in the current plan but is something that could be developed in time.
The presentation showcased the hopes of a vibrant, attractive area for which community members could spend their time. “Walkability is key,” said Price. He continued, “Getting people to work, live, and play here is key.” The teams have thoroughly looked into the area and its surroundings while creating their well-researched and considerate proposal in such a short amount of time. The site would act as a mecca for the community housing a central tree surrounded by private residential spaces, potential restaurant or café space, and accessible parking. The proposal used examples of LODO in Denver, Colorado, The Pearl neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, and British Columbia’s Whistler Village as reference points for the kind of optimization of space with a dedication to holding the city’s essence.
With references to the Whistler Stroll and the Idaho Stroll, the presentation remarked that this could be “The Woodinville Stroll.”
Every project the team has been involved in has at least earned a LEED gold standard in sustainability which is incredibly difficult. While not initially having solar panels, the buildings on the development would be constructed so that panels could be implemented in the future.
Mayor Bernie Talmas, always a crucial advocate for synergy and community, requested that everything be coordinated with the surrounding neighbors of the site.
The council allowed MainStreet Property Group to create a memorandum of understanding within the next 60 days.

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