Community Development Projects

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The Community Planning and Development (CPD) Department processes applications for land use projects and building permits. Project proposals are reviewed for compliance with zoning requirements, development regulations and applicable building codes. Some projects go before the Design Commission (e.g. Town Center developments) or the Hearing Examiner (e.g., long plats, conditional use permits, variances ) for a decision. This page will be used to inform the community about larger development proposals, as well as opportunities to learn more and get involved by providing public comment. The City will update project information as it becomes available.

Would you like to receive a weekly update related to Community Development projects? If so, e-mail Lauren.Anderson@mercergov.org to be added to the CPD Weekly Permit Bulletin distribution e-mail list. If you have questions or concerns about a project, contact the project planner assigned to the project directly (listed on the public notice) or call the Planner of the Day at 206-275-7729 Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:00 to obtain further information. We are here to assist you!


The Community Planning and Development (CPD) Department processes applications for land use projects and building permits. Project proposals are reviewed for compliance with zoning requirements, development regulations and applicable building codes. Some projects go before the Design Commission (e.g. Town Center developments) or the Hearing Examiner (e.g., long plats, conditional use permits, variances ) for a decision. This page will be used to inform the community about larger development proposals, as well as opportunities to learn more and get involved by providing public comment. The City will update project information as it becomes available.

Would you like to receive a weekly update related to Community Development projects? If so, e-mail Lauren.Anderson@mercergov.org to be added to the CPD Weekly Permit Bulletin distribution e-mail list. If you have questions or concerns about a project, contact the project planner assigned to the project directly (listed on the public notice) or call the Planner of the Day at 206-275-7729 Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:00 to obtain further information. We are here to assist you!


  • Old Farmers Insurance Building Renovation

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    In early 2020, a development company purchased the former Farmers Insurance property near Mercerdale Park, with plans to renovate the structure, built in 1982. The existing 146,000-square-foot office building is receiving significant modernization of interior spaces and minor upgrades to outdoor facades and the plaza areas.

    As a large commercial project, the development was required to apply for formal Design Review with the City, which triggered a public hearing on December 9, 2020.

    The Design Commission approved the following exterior modifications:

    1. Repainting the existing building and screen wall
    2. Removing the berm and adding landscaping and seating areas along the 77th Avenue SE façade.
    3. Adding a glass atrium to the front entry
    4. Adding a roof deck and access to the roof

    A building permit for the proposed changes to the exterior, as well as an interior remodel, has been approved and construction is now underway.

  • Xing Hua - Mixed Use Development

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    2750 77th Ave SE & 2885 78th Ave SE

    An application is under review by the City for a new mixed-use building. The proposed building will be 4 stories above grade with 164 apartments and 10,742 square feet of ground level retail space. The proposal also includes two levels of below-grade parking, landscaped public plazas, a 20-foot wide public through-block pedestrian connection along the north side of the property and a private courtyard for tenants.


  • East Seattle Subdivision

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    2825 West Mercer Way

    A proposal has been submitted to subdivide this property into 14 residential lots (SUB19-002). Demolition of the East Seattle School building has been completed. The subdivision proposal is currently under review by the City.


  • Wireless and Small Cell Regulations and Installation

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    As wireless technology continues to advance, carriers continue to roll out new and replacement cellular antennas on Mercer Island. Federal regulation of these facilities also continues to evolve. Since 2016, the city has seen two major deployments of small wireless facilities. In addition, the city adopted interim regulations related to "small cell" facilities and is in the process of adopting a permanent update to wireless regulations.


Page last updated: 06 August 2021, 13:05