It’s been a long time since a market-rate rental home complex was developed on Snoqualmie Ridge. In fact, the one existing rental apartment home development, Echo Ridge, was built almost at the inception of Snoqualmie Ridge in the late 1990’s.
But that changed yesterday, July 10 2013, when the tell-tale orange tape went up and trees began coming down on land parcel S-11 at the corner of SE Swenson Drive and Snoqualmie Parkway – the entrance to the Deer Park neighborhood.
According to a July 8th Planning Department report to the Snoqualmie City Council, “engineering plans were approved and a Phase II Mixed Use Consistency Review is nearly complete” for The Woodlands, a 100-unit, market-rate rental townhome community being developed by Evergreen Housing Development Group. The Woodlands will consist of 11 buildings and an office/community building.
Snoqualmie Ridge Division II, which began developing in 2005, was planned to incorporate a mix of different home types and retail. That includes single family homes, attached and detached multi-family homes (condos), affordable housing (rental and for sale) and market-rate rental homes. The Woodlands will be the first market-rate apartments in Snoquamie Ridge Division II
In the past city officials have said it is important to have market-rate rental apartments in Snoqualmie for those who cannot (or choose to not) buy homes, but can afford market-rate rentals. Echo Ridge Apartments were built to serve the population of Snoqualmie Ridge Division I, thus leaving a need for apartments in division II.
For more information on The Woodlands visit their information page on the City of Snoqualmie website.