What is Point Wells?
Point Wells is a 64-acre property located on the shore of Puget Sound in the extreme southwestern corner of Snohomish County, immediately north of the City of Shoreline. Point Wells has been used as an asphalt refinery and light petroleum products and lube oil distribution terminal for over a century.
Why should I care?
In early 2011 the owner of the Point Wells property filed a development application in Snohomish County to end commercial use of the site and instead build an Urban Center including over 3,000 residential units and over 100,000 square feet of office and retail space. The plans call for over 40 new buildings, some as tall as 180 feet (the tallest buildings between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.).
The only access to the site is through our Richmond Beach neighborhood on Richmond Beach Drive, a narrow winding two-lane local road that dead ends at Point Wells and typically has only a few hundred cars trips a day. The development is expected to add over 10,000 new cars trips each day to Richmond Beach Drive, more than 20 times the current number of trips. While some favor the development, many are understandably concerned that the increased traffic volume will ruin the quiet, safe and walkable neighborhoods we live in.
What’s happening now?
The developer is working with Snohomish County, the City of Shoreline and the Town of Woodway to get their approval to proceed. The developer is working with Snohomish County to write the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposal, with Shoreline to agree on traffic mitigation projects to lessen the impact of all the new traffic and with Woodway to change their Comprehensive Plan to allow more traffic through the town.
What can I do about it?
Our Shoreline City Council has a large role to play in how easy or how hard they make it for the developer to get approval for this project. As the DEIS process continues, there will be times when we ask you to help us let the Council know how you feel about the impact this project could have on our neighborhood.
If you want more information about the project, here are links to several web sites you can visit:
Snohomish County Point Wells - web page
City of Shoreline Point Wells - web page
Richmond Beach Advocates (local citizen’s group)
Save Richmond Beach (local citizen’s group)