While the Arbor Village Apartments officially opened last August, and renters have been living in the Mountlake Terrace complex for more than three months, construction still continues on sidewalk features outside the northwest corner of the building. The culprit of the extended work: a bank of plastic tubing found under the newly-built sidewalk on the south side of 236th Street Southwest at 56th Avenue West.
City of Mountlake Terrace zoning laws call for developers to include 10-foot sidewalks, selected street lights, benches, bicycle racks and trees in any new construction within the Town Center district. Sidewalks, lights, benches and racks were all installed along the north and west edges of the new Arbor Village complex, but builders Afco & Sons ran into difficulty placing tree pits in a section of 236th Street Southwest sidewalk.
“The area in which the street trees would have been planted at grade along the frontage of Arbor Village on 236th Street Southwest is precluded by a fiber duct bank of conduit that happens to parallel the curb at a shallow depth exactly where the trees would have been planted,” said City of Mountlake Terrace Senior Planner Edith Duttlinger.
“In order to provide sufficient soil mass to support some plant material, raised beds were created,” she added.
Work crews are putting finishing touches to large raised beds for landscaping trees, shrubbery or flowers to be planted in; they are also rebuilding the sidewalk along the 50-foot affected area. There was no word on when the project would be completed.
While the work is being done on public right-of-way, the costs are all the responsibility of the developer, Afco & Sons.