The Mountlake Terrace City Council, Mayor Jerry Smith, City Manager Arlene Fisher and many City staff members turned out Thursday night for an appreciation reception at Arbor Village for the City’s Federal and State Delegation and their support for the Mountlake Terrace Main Street Revitalization Project.
The Main Street Project will design street, pedestrian, and bicycle enhancements along with improvements to utilities, street lighting and signals, stormwater systems, and undergrounding of overhead power along 56th Ave. W. (236th St. SW. north to 230th St. SW.), and 232nd and 234th Streets, as well as along 236th St. SW. from 56th Ave. W. to the Transit Station.
The City needs about $7.9 million to fully fund the project, which is estimated to cost a total of $12 million. The Main Street Project is part of the Town Center Plan to help revitalize the downtown and to build a walkable and transit-oriented downtown area.
Fisher urged the legislators in attendance to help the City secure the needed funding to take it the distance.
Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore described Mountlake Terrace as a little city, but that “we’re all in this together.”
“We want to build this right,” Sonmore added. “It’s extremely important that we have your support.”
First District Rep. Luis Moscoso told the audience that actually lived in a house that was located on what is now the Arbor Village property. As for finding the funding for the Main Street Project in the state budget, Moscoso acknowledged that “it’s on us to do that.”
Fellow First District Rep. Derek Stanford voiced his support for the Main Street Revitalization.
“This project is a pleasure to advocate for,” he said.
Stanford added that the vision of the Project has been consistent through the years and that it’s exciting the Project is starting to take shape.
“We’re all working together as a team,” Stanford said.
Also in attendance at Thursday night’s gathering was 32nd District State Sen. Maralyn Chase. Representatives from 32nd District Rep. Cindy Ryu, 32nd District Rep. Ruth Kagi and Second District Congressman Rick Larsen also were at the reception.
– By David Pan