Community can see design plans for new elementary school next week

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Mountlake Terrace Elementary School, located at 22001 52nd Ave. W.

Edmonds School District officials will host a community meeting on Tuesday, March 29 to present design concepts for a new Mountlake Terrace Elementary School to replace the current 61-year-old facility. The meeting, scheduled for 6:30 – 8 p.m., will be held in the Mountlake Terrace Elementary School library, 22001 52nd Ave. W.

The meeting will include district staff, architects, traffic engineers and consultants who will present information about the site plan, building layout and timeline for the project.

The district hopes to begin construction of the new school in the spring or summer of 2017, with completion in time for the new building to be ready for the 2018-2019 school year.

Talks between the Edmonds School District and City of Mountlake Terrace officials to facilitate permitting and zoning requirements for the new facility have begun, one of the first steps toward the district constructing a new building on the site of the current school. Design of the new facility is currently underway.

Initial plans for the new Mountlake Terrace Elementary School call for a two-story main classroom building and a one-story gymnasium and commons area, totaling approximately 62,500 square feet.  The $36.25 million project also includes new playground equipment, site improvements of current grass fields, parking, bus and auto circulation, emergency vehicle access, security and safety accommodations, neighborhood pedestrian connections and new storm water management facilities.

Current district plans are to have students of Mountlake Terrace Elementary School attend the former Woodway Elementary School, located at 9520 240th St. SW. near Firdale Village, during the 2017-2018 school year.

The Edmonds School District Board approved replacement of the current Mountlake Terrace Elementary School in January. Construction of the new facility will be paid for by the 2014 voter-approved Capital Construction Bond and revenue from the sale and/or lead of district property.

To view a timeline for the replacement of the current Mountlake Terrace Elementary School click https://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/cms/lib02/WA01001167/Centricity/Domain/64/MTE%20Timeline.pdf.

By Doug Petrowski

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