Construction is expected to begin this week on a new Town Center Stormwater Facility to be located beneath the Mountlake Terrace Library parking lot. While the library will operate on its regular hours during construction, access will be tricky to navigate, and temporary parking will be located in a lot north of the building’s current lot.
The purpose of the new underground facility will be to provide stormwater treatment and downstream flood control for a tributary area of about 13 acres in Mountlake Terrace’s Town Center District. “Once completed, the facility will provide an immediate improvement to the water quality of storm runoff from streets and the other existing paved areas,” said City of Mountlake Terrace Engineering Services Director, Will Van Ry.
The facility will also help handle the expected increase in stormwater runoff due to increased development with the city’s downtown area.
While the library will be open regular hours during construction, the drive-up book drop will not be available. Pedestrian access to the library’s main entrance will be limited to walkways from 58th Avenue West, and from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department parking area.
Temporary parking to accommodate library customers will be available in the former Civic Center parking area just north of the library. Overflow parking is being made available by Calvary Fellowship in a lot located across 58th Avenue West from the library.
Following installation of the underground stormwater facility, the permanent library parking lot will be rebuilt in a new configuration that will increase the number of accessible and general-purpose parking spaces available to library customers.
The new stormwater facility is being built by Rodarte Construction of Auburn at a cost to the city of $1,079,590. The project, expected to be completed this summer, is being paid for with money from the city’s Stormwater Fund.
You can find more information on Mountlake Terrace Library hours of operation here.