It’s been almost five years since the City of Snoqualmie annexed nearly 600 acres around the Old Weyerhaeuser Mill site – in the Mill Planning Area of the city’s Urban Growth Area. Now the public can finally see what’s being planned for part of the area.
Proposed development of the old mill site, located a few miles from downtown Snoqualmie, will be presented at a combined public open house and scoping process on Tuesday May 23rd, 4PM – 7PM at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River Street.
The mill site is located north of the Snoqualmie River and northeast of SE Mill Pond Road and is part of a larger property operated as a lumber mill for nearly 100 years, recognized by the historic smoke stack near DirtFish Rally School.
According to a city press release, a proposed commercial/industrial plan and development agreement will guide planning and future development of the site.
The potential development of approximately 261 acres would occur in several phases over a 10-20 year period. Build-out could include a mixture of light industrial, manufacturing, warehouse, office, retail, and residential uses. The majority of the site, though, would remain undeveloped and maintained for open space, wetlands, streams, wildlife habitat, landscaping and flood storage.
According to the Snoqualmie Mill developer’s website, the master plan organizes the site into three distinct planning areas “intended to facilitate phased development of a compatible mix of land uses that can capture identified market opportunities.”
The mixed-use area in Planning Area 1 (first development phase) is envisioned as a mixed-use “village” developed along a pedestrian-oriented main street, offering “tech/flex space to accommodate traditional warehouse users, mezzanine office and light assembly, combined with retail and visitor oriented uses and housing”
If Snoqualmie Mill’s vision is realized, the preferred concept for the area will be wine-related uses, including wine production, wine tasting and other supportive wine-related uses, restaurants, event space and housing.
Per the website, “The village will be surrounded by green open spaces on all sides, framing views of Mt. Si and the surrounding mountains. An outdoor performance venue is to be located along the eastern edge of the village.”
You can learn more about the plans for the Old Mill Site by attending the May 23rd Open House. The informational part of the meeting will run from 4PM – 6PM, illustrating all the site features. At 6PM. there will be a brief presentation.
This is not a public hearing, but there will be an opportunity for the public to offer oral comments following the presentation. Written comments can also be submitted to Mark Hofman, City of Snoqualmie Director of Community Development by 4PM on May 24th.
[** Of the 593 acres annexed by the City of Snoqualmie in 2012, 350 acres were zoned for open space and the rest were zoned for Planned Commercial / Industrial land **]