Yet another set of apartment buildings with a total of 118 studio units, called Samish View, is now proposed for the two parcels between the Elks Club and the Community Baptist Church on Samish Way. The parcels were the subject of a rezone several years ago, after which they were immediately put up for sale and at least one appears to have changed hands several times. This newest proposal will add 118 units to the area of Elwood/Samish/Lincoln and the I-5 overpass. Currently, about 183 units (approximately 300 tenants) are in various stages of approval and construction at the corner of Elwood and Lincoln. Another 300+ tenants are envisioned for the CityView private dormitory apartment complex which will have 106 three-bedroom units at nearby Consolidation and Nevada. Simple math puts 700+ new residents in a relatively small area.
In 2014, a spot rezone occurred in this area to allow an old church to be turned into a psychology practice. The church had been built in a single-family residential area under a conditional use permit. The psychology practice is now directly across Samish Way from the proposed Samish View complex. See: “Hickory, Dickory, Docketing…Yet Another Spot Rezone.” Around the same time, another rezone (from commercial planned (non-retail) to commercial planned that allows retail AND associated apartment buildings), was approved for the two lots where this latest complex, Samish View, is proposed.
At the time, I argued it was not wise to rezone the two parcels because eventually pressure to rezone would be put on the Community Baptist Church and the Elks Club, which book-end these two parcels. Both the Baptist Church and the Elks are on parcels currently zoned single-family. Were they to be rezoned commercial, that would allow multi-family structures along with commercial development on the two properties, which totals nearly 4.5 acres. With the current economic crisis, increased pressure to sell is possible as the church and club remain closed. Both structures on those parcels are also 40+ yrs old and will soon require major repairs and upgrades.
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