City Council schedules Public Hearing on City Center Apartment project for April 13

City Center ApartmentsThe Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to hold a Public Hearing on the City Center project on April 13 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to take testimony on the proposed development agreement for the City Center Apartments. The proposed development agreement will be available on-line before the public hearing at:

The proposed development is for a 7-story, 349-unit affordable apartment building. Project Design Review was approved on March 2 for the 331,358 square foot building that includes underground parking, interior landscaped courtyard, gateway plaza improvements and public art. The 2.15-acre site in the City Center-Core zone located at the Southwest corner of 196th St. SW and 37th Ave. W. is currently vacant.

Transportation Impact fees are required on all development activities that have a net increase in trips. The applicant wishes to utilize the Transportation Impact fee exemption for the first three City Center development activities meeting certain criteria and the Multiple-Unit Housing Property Tax Exemption.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. For more information contact Janiene Lambert, City Center Program Manager, at 425-670-5045 or

  1. Every City needs to support “affordable housing”, but it is not desirable when you locate it on your front porch. This project with nearly 120 units of low income housing is directly across the street from the new Convention Center on the site of the old Alderwood Grade School. Generally, you put projects like this on sites that are not the most prominent site in the city. Not on the freeway or highway 99, but just off of Highway 99, for instance. The view of Lynnwood from the freeway will be dominated by the project. Former Mayor Don Gough gets the responsibility for this coming mistake by not wanting anyone other than city staff to make changes to the City Center Plan rejecting offers to assist in the plan review from outsiders like the Convention Center Board, area landowners, etc. What a shame to get such a good start on changing the look of Lynnwood with the Convention Center and then following up with this. The Council should do all it can to urge the School Board to think more about the community and less about the cash by rejecting any “sweetheart”deals supporting this future police problem. King TV’s Almost Live program used to berate Lynnwood’s women as having “big hair”. Now they may have “the Projects” as well to work into their script.

  2. Traffic-wise, that is not a good place to put anything, not alone a 349-unit apartment building. First the Costco across the street from Alderwood Mall, now a large apartment complex on a very busy street. Is the city trying to cause traffic nightmares?

  3. When thinking about the BILLIONS of dollars banks/money institutions took from people during the down-turn crisis, and I might add, those institutions have still NOT been punished for their MISDEEDS, talking about low income people and housing like this (“future police problem”, “the Projects”) I find quite incredible. I applaud the City of Lynnwood for having a project like this and affordable housing front and center. along with everything else……………. In Seattle, the “Projects” were areas in very bad locations and low income people were basically hidden away there at “the Projects”……..They were also a way to segregate populations. . I am glad that that old school mentality is gone. ……………….”locate it on your front porch”……….I find that comment offensive…….”directly across from the new convention center”………..Wow!, are low income people NOT a part of our society?!……just because they may have less money?!. ……I don’t know about the traffic problem, just find the “the Projects” statement very offensive. Although, most younger people would probably have no idea what the “Projects” were…… This was an interesting study for sociology and what happened to a lot of people because of those segregated ” the Projects”. …..not too far off from the Not In My Backyard NIMBY

  4. While it’s nice to have affordable housing, don’t you think it would be much better to put it somewhere other than at the gateway to the city? Lynnwood is becoming the center for low income housing in the county. How about the rest of us taxpayers? Can’t there be more housing for the middle income families who would like to locate in the city? The Council has a responsiblity to all its citizens, not just the low income members. Please don’t impact the terrible traffic situation anymore than it is now with another huge complex right on 196th.

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