By Doug Petrowski
City officials have scheduled a series of presentations to provide Mountlake Terrace residents an opportunity to learn more about Proposition No. 1, the $25 million Civic Center bond measure on the Aug. 7 ballot.
Five presentations of “Civic Center 101” are scheduled this month:
Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m., at the Recreation Pavilion (5303-228th St. S.W.) as part of the Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission meeting
Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m., at the Mountlake Terrace Library (23300-58th Ave. W.)
Monday, May 14, 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of interim City Hall (6100-219th St. S.W., Suite 200) as part of the Planning Commission meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Recreation Pavilion as part of the Arts Advisory Commission meeting
Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 p.m., at the Mountlake Terrace Library as part of the Library Advisory Board meeting
If approved by voters, the new Civic Center would provide for improvements to the existing library, while adding a new community and senior activity center, public meeting places, a remodeled and expanded police station, city offices, enhanced streetscapes, and a civic green with a spray fountain, ornamental garden and amphitheater that would connect to Veterans Memorial Park.
The new facility would incorporate sustainable design standards and energy-efficient building techniques, and could provide venues for year-round events such as a farmers market, public safety fairs, senior activities, dance recitals, art shows, outdoor movies and concerts.
Approval of the measure would also raise property taxes in Mountlake Terrace beginning in 2014. For the first year, property owners would see an increase of about $7.42 per month on the average home; in 2015 the increase would be about $11.59 per month for the remainder of the 30-year bond.
More information about the proposed civic center is available here.