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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    21 May 2020
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    Earlier in 2020, a development company purchased the former Farmers Insurance property near Mercerdale Park, and recently unveiled draft plans to renovate the structure, built in 1982. The existing 146,000-square-foot office building is expected to receive significant modernization of interior spaces and minor upgrades to outdoor facades and the plaza areas.

    Following up on a letter to nearby neighbors (view here), the developer, Ryan Companies, held virtual open houses via Zoom video meeting - learn more here. 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 some changes, including :

    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 application for the proposed changes to the exterior, as well as an interior remodel, has been submitted to the City for review, and the applicant is aiming to start construction in the spring of 2021.

  • Xing Hua - Mixed Use Development

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    03 Feb 2020
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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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    04 Jun 2019
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    2825 West Mercer Way

    Applications are currently under review by the City for:

    1. Demolition of the former East Seattle School building (SEP17-020), and
    2. Subdivision of the property into 14 residential lots (SUB19-002).

  • Wireless and Small Cell Regulations and Installation

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    05 Jun 2019
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    Small Cells on Mercer Island


    In 2016, the City of Mercer Island received applications for 39 T-Mobile small cell antennas; most of the T-Mobile small cells were installed between late 2017 and late 2018. In 2019, the City of Mercer Island received applications for an additional 46 Verizon small cell antennas. Both applications were filed by Crown Castle (WA-CLEC, LLC) on behalf of the wireless providers (i.e. T-Mobile and Verizon). Locations of the installations are available on here: T-mobile Map, Verizon Map.


  • Commuter Parking and Mixed Use Development Project

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    18 Jul 2019
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    In partnership with a private developer, this project will construct a City-owned commuter parking facility with at least 100 stalls adjacent to the future Sound Transit Light Rail Station, prior to its opening in 2023. The new facility will be located at the site of the old Tully‘s Coffeeshop, and would also include a mixed-use residential/commercial structure based on the City’s Town Center vision and code, and potentially house performance space for the Mercer Island Center for the Arts.