Commercial property owners in the area of Mountlake Terrace’s new Town Center have received two notices by mail in recent weeks that have raised some concerns.
A letter dated March 21 was sent by the City of Mountlake Terrace stating the city may need to acquire portions of land parcels as part of the Main Street Revitalization project. An architecture consultant will meet individually with land owners to discuss their property, and a subcontractor will appraise properties.
The city will also acquire utility easements on behalf of the Snohomish County Public Utility District as part of the project.
According to the letter, acquiring this land is an important part of the project, which will include wide sidewalks, on-street parking, new street lighting and undergrounding power, phone and cable lines.
About one month earlier, a law firm based in Seattle sent letters to commercial landowners in the same area offering a free consultation for landowners concerned their property may be seized under eminent domain. That letter did not come from the city, and the city’s letter does not mention eminent domain. The law office’s letter can be read in its entirety here.