May 16, 2024

TOD, with 425 apartments, planned for Mountlake Terrace

Rendering by Runberg Architecture Group [enlarge]

The development would back onto a heavily forested park and front Northeast 236th Street, which is the primary thoroughfare into downtown Mountlake Terrace.

Developer Mill Stream Properties Group is proposing to build a new approximately 511,000-square-foot apartment complex in Mountlake Terrace.

The transit-oriented development would be addressed at 5901 236th St. S.W., steps from the soon-to-open Mountlake Terrace Link Light Rail Station and just east of the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

Sound Transit currently uses the project site as a temporary parking lot, which it set up during construction of the new transit station. Mill Stream purchased the site in 2019 and subsequently leased the land back to Sound Transit, which then cleared the area to make way for the parking lot. Mountlake Terrace station is slated to open Aug. 30.

The city of Mountlake Terrace has approved the site plan for Mill Stream’s project, which is currently under civil review.

The proposed development is called Candela and will have 425 apartment homes, plus 5,036 square feet of commercial space, spread across two eight-story buildings. Those buildings would flank a central courtyard and be built above a new below-grade parking structure.

Seattle firm Runberg Architecture Group has designed Candela.

Planned amenity spaces include the courtyard which will have lush landscaping, a large fitness suite at grade level, and upper-level club rooms and roof decks.

From a sustainability standpoint, Runberg says the project will absorb stormwater falling on site via natural infiltration through the courtyard soils to reduce the development’s impact on municipal infrastructure and local habitat.

The project site is uphill from the forthcoming station and Candela would be the first building encountered by pedestrians leaving the Link train platforms and for cars entering and exiting I-5.

The project team also includes Exxel Pacific, general contractor; Hewitt, landscape architect; DCI, civil engineer; Lair Design, interior design; and DXE Properties.

Candela was recently honored with a 2024 PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the Best On-the-Boards Multifamily Community category.

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