Arbor Village grand opening draws 120 to new Town Center project

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Councilmembers Rick Ryan, Bryan Wahl, Doug McCardle, Mayor Jerry Smith, Seaun Richards and Kyoko Matsumoto Wright along with City Manager John Caulfield pose outside the plaque honoring Atsushi Abe, Yuko Abe’s father.
Councilmembers Rick Ryan, Bryan Wahl, Doug McCardle, Mayor Jerry Smith, Seaun Richards and Kyoko Matsumoto Wright along with City Manager John Caulfield pose outside the plaque honoring Atsushi Abe, Yuko Abe’s father.

Arbor Village, a five-story mixed use building in Mountlake Terrace’s Town Center, celebrated its grand opening with about 120 in attendance on Friday.

Yuko Abe opened the ceremony.
Yuko Abe opened the ceremony.

Yuko Abe, Owner, President of AFCO and Sons, LLC opened the program with her thoughts about how the Abe family began talking about the Arbor Village project seven years ago. Her father, who passed away a year ago, was the visionary behind the project.

Steve Stone, AFCO and Sons General Manager, commented how easy it was to work with the City of Mountlake Terrace, along with all the others making the project a great team effort. “The City of Mountlake Terrace worked through the review process and I’d like to thank them for their time and effort. They were very thorough. It’s wonderful to work with a great city.”

Community and Economic Development Director Shane Hope followed with an overview of the project and noted how it serves as a key part of the revitalizing Town Center. “It’s a great day to be in Mountlake Terrace,” Hope stated. “Thank you again to AFCO and Sons for choosing Mountlake Terrace and to all of you for supporting downtown revitalization.”

Arbor Village is the second mixed-use project in Mountlake Terrace by AFCO and Sons, LLC. The architect of record is Chris Golden of Weber-Thompson and the general contractor is Sierra Construction.

The project, located at the southeast corner of 56th Avenue West and 236th Street Southwest, has 123 market-rate housing units for lease and about 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with two below-grade levels of structured parking.  A wider sidewalk, street trees and energy-efficient lighting are part of the project.

Approximately 40 leases have already been signed and new tenants have moved in to the units. Tenants are being sought for some of the street-fronting commercial area, which includes a restaurant space.

The formal program concluded with a speech by Courtney Hashimoto, Vice President and Real Estate Relationship Manager of Umpqua Bank, who was the project lender.  “Arbor Village is a blessing to this community. It is a gathering spot of commerce and conversation, a haven for rest and relaxation, a home for people who live, work and play together,” Hashimoto said. He provided a toast to the Abe family members who were in attendance. Following the toast, Yuko Abe, her sister Kumi, and their mother placed a plaque dedicating the new building in honor of their father, Atsushi Abe.

A reception and tours of the facility followed. For more information, call the Community and Economic Development Department at 425-744-6266.

— Story and photos courtesy Virginia Olsen/City of Mountlake Terrace

5 COMMENTS

  1. As new residents of MLT (townhomes located at 234th & 56th), we’re really excited to have Arbor Village as a new addition to the neighborhood. We’d love to know who the new tenants will be for the commercial spaces!

    • Welcome to MLT, Samantha. Those new townhouses do look nice. We’re in the neighborhood as well and are excited to hear what will be coming to Arbor Village. Personally I’m hoping for somewhere I can get a good cup of coffee.

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