City thanks state legislators for securing Main Street funding

The Mountlake Terrace City Council held a special reception before its Monday night meeting for the 1st and 32nd State Legislators who helped secure state funding for the city’s Main Street revitalization project.

The legislators, including Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, Senator Maralyn Chase, Representative Derek Stanford, Representative Luis Moscoso, Representative Cindy Ryu and Representative Ruth Kagi, advocated for and secured over $3 million in funding to complete Phase I of the project. The city estimates the project will create 1,400 jobs and 800 housing units.

“Our citizens can be proud of the efforts of the 1st and 32nd Legislative District legislators as well as the Mountlake Terrace City Council,” City Spokeswoman Virginia Olsen said. “They are working hard in partnership to upgrade our infrastructure, create jobs, and generate more housing opportunities.”

After a proclamation was read commending the legislators for their help, all of the city’s councilmembers each gave their own message of thanks to Kagi and Stanford, who both attended the reception on Monday, as well as those who were unable to attend. A representative of Moscoso was also in attendance on Monday. The representatives were humble.

“I’d like to commend Representative Stanford, who has been the leader in securing funding for this. I was happy for beigna member of the supporting cast, but he should take credit for being a leader,” Kagi said. She also thanked the City of Mountlake Terrace for supporting transit-oriented development.

“It has been a pleasure working with all of you on this project,” Stanford said.

The project will be built in two phases. The first phase will begin along 236th Street Southwest from the Transit Center at I-5 to 56th Avenue West. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.

Phase 2 will contain 56th Avenue West between 230th Street Southwest and 236th Street Southwest. Construction will begin there once all the funding is secured.

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