East Seattle School Parcel Subdivision

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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).


This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

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).


This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

  • Demolition Permit Issued

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    28 Oct 2020

    Oct 28, 2020 - The City has issued demolition permit 1704-191, authorizing demolition of the East Seattle School. This decision was informed by the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for this project, which examined the potential impacts of different alternative actions.

    Conditions of approval have been added to the demolition permit, requiring the applicant to take measures to mitigate the impact of the demolition on historic resources, as well as other standard measures such as protecting trees, installing erosion control, etc.

    Demolition work is expected to begin later this year.

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued

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    24 Aug 2020

    Aug 24, 2020 - The City's consultant, EA Engineering, Science and Technology, has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the East Seattle School demolition. Environmental Impact Statements are a tool for identifying and analyzing probable adverse environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives, and possible mitigation for a given action. An EIS does not identify or “decide” on an outcome for the underlying action (here, the demolition permit applied for by the property owner), but rather analyzes and weighs the impact of various alternative actions. Alternatives analyzed in this EIS include: 1) demolition of the East Seattle School building with mitigation measures; 2) retention of the building; and 3) adaptive reuse of the building. The Final Environmental Impact Statement also responds to public comment received during the review process.

    The issuance of the FEIS begins a 14-day appeal period, during which appeals on the adequacy of the FEIS can be filed. For more information, please see the Notice of Availability.

  • Draft EIS Available for Review

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    10 Feb 2020
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    Draft EIS

    The City's consultant, EA engineering, Science and Technology, has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the East Seattle School demolition. This draft EIS provides an analysis of alternative actions for the proposed demolition of the East Seattle School, and it will inform the City’s decision on how to act on the demolition permit. The draft EIS evaluates 3 possible scenarios: A) demolition of the building, B) continuation of existing site conditions, and C) adaptive reuse of the building.

    City staff will host a community information session on the draft EIS on Thursday, February 27, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Mercer Island Community & Event Center, Room 103 (8236 SE 24th Street Mercer Island, WA 98040). The meeting provides an opportunity for agencies, organizations and individuals to discuss the Draft EIS, as well as an additional opportunity to submit written comments. Time will be available for Q&A and discussion. Please join us!

    The public comment period for the Draft EIS has been extended pursuant to WAC 197-11-455(7). Comments are invited through March 26, 2020. Written comments should be addressed to Robin Proebsting.

    Project Contact:
    Robin Proebsting, Senior Planner
    Community Planning and Development
    City of Mercer Island
    9611 SE 36th Street
    Mercer Island, WA 98040-3732
    robin.proebsting@mercergov.org
  • Community Info Session Summary

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    28 Jun 2019
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    On June 20th, the City hosted a Community Information Session on the proposed demolition and subdivision of the East Seattle School site. More than 60 community members attended the meeting, including members of the City Council and Planning Commission, as well as the project applicant and the property owner's representative. The City provided an overview of the process for reviewing the submitted applications, including the SEPA review and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process related to the proposed demolition of the building. The Project Applicant, Brett Pudists from Blueline, also provided details on the proposed subdivision of the property. The Owner's representative, Eric Hanson, provided some context on the owner's history with the property and motivation behind the current development applications. The meeting concluded with a detailed Q&A session during which the City and the applicant addressed many questions and concerns from the public.

    Next steps for this project include the City hiring a consultant to prepare an EIS that analyzes the impacts of the project on the environment and the community, including an evaluation of the historic significance of the East Seattle School building. The EIS will also propose mitigation measures to address the impacts that are identified. The City anticipates that a draft EIS will be available for public comment later this year.

  • Community Info Session - June 20, 6pm

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    04 Jun 2019

    City staff will host a community information session on the proposed project on June 20 at 6:00pm at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center in the Slater Room. The meeting will include presentations by city staff and the project applicant on the review and permitting process as well as the applicant's vision for the development. Time will be available for Q&A. Please join us!