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 159 apartments and 13,306 square feet of ground level retail and restaurant 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.

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


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 159 apartments and 13,306 square feet of ground level retail and restaurant 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.

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


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Each day that I walk that block I pray that this can begin construction quickly. The existing block is a blight on our Town Center. Not only will this project provide homes for new residents but will provide an attractive magnet to revitalize the TC core.

40_year_resident 6 months ago
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The Xing Hua project is incompatible with stated goals of residents; to create a more vibrant retail-oriented Town Center. Xing Hua will convert land previously reserved for business, and expand housing in this location. The loss of retail space is permanent, and there is no opportunity to expand retail development in the future if the Xing Hua project moves forward.

Most troubling is the appearance that the City has cut corners, and not acknowledged or studied the impacts on infrastructure and the additional costs to the City in perpetuity for such a dense housing project.

I cannot support this project and I encourage City leaders to do the right thing. You cannot un-ring a bell.

Ray Akers 6 months ago
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Xing Hua is the wrong type of development, with not enough parking spaces clearly, and is a defining property in the middle of our town center… How will residents access retail sites to pop in and buy something quickly (or at all)? What kind of retail will be able to survive in this type of environment except for big box stores? Please fight hard for the small independent businesses in our community and allow enough retail parking and responsible Development that allows them to thrive… (And at the very least to stay alive.) Our “mom and pop stores” stores are part of what makes Mercer Island such a charming authentic place. Please listen to their cautionary warnings.

Olivia Lippens 6 months ago
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The primary issue here is what kind of a town center do we want. The Hadley spoke volumes to many of us of exactly what we don't want. The Xing Hua project is another variation on the Hadley, development-centered, residential building.
Those I speak with are of one accord. We want a retail-friendly, islander-engaging town center. We want one more like downtown Issaquah or Winslow. We want one that has restaurants, sufficient parking, parks, and beauty. We want a town-feel, not an urban metropolis feel.

Dalerebel 7 months ago
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The Xing Hua project is an unnecessary assault on our Town Center. It is not needed to meet GMA requirements, it creates undesirable density, reduces much needed retail space, provides too little parking while further reducing the livability of Mercer Island. It is inconceivable that the DC provided preliminary approval contrary to the best interests of our community.
As Hines was rejected at this site, so must Xing Hua as presently designed.

Boudica 7 months ago
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Too High
Too little retail
Insufficient Parking
Insufficient variation in building face (create smaller buildings and patterns)
Inconsistent with Comp plan

STOP THIS and START OVER!

Award Bravo 7 months ago
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Needs more parking - one space per unit is woefully inadequate. Impact fees must be adequate to mitigate the strain the development will place on infrastructure (roads, water, sewer,etc.), police & fire depts, schools, etc. Let's Talk says that there is currently no impact fee collected for multi-family dwelling units, which seems unwise. It's reasonable to believe that there may be a significant number of school-age children in the 164 units. Regulations are meant to benefit MI citizens, not developers and land owners.

mjislandinfo 7 months ago
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Regarding the Xing Hua Mixed-Use Development, I am concerned that there is not enough parking for this development. I see the small amount of parking as a big problem for anyone that parks anywhere in the downtown area. I work in a building near the north end QFC. My employer does not normally provide me a parking space so I have a permit that allows me to park in certain spots on the street before 9 am. Pre-pandemic, those spots were 100% gone by 8:30 am. From what I saw, those spaces were occupied all day. I would hate to be competing with even more residents for those spots. I would need to leave for work earlier in the morning.

Julie 7 months ago
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One of the key reasons Freshy's Store had to close is that it was not properly vented for a Type 1 Hood so Freshy's Cafe could be moved into the same space with the store. I have now been told by another local retailer that he may need to close for the same reason. All new retail space in Town Center should be required to come with proper venting for Type 1 Hoods. Without proper venting, new retail space in Town Center is worthless. All new development must be required to properly vent their retail spaces so they can be used as eateries as well as gyms. Putting this venting in during construction is quite cheap. Putting it in after the fact costs the retail owner $100,000.

JimEanes over 1 year ago
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I think the building design is attractive. The main concern is that on the three streets it abuts we need continuous retail on all sides along the sidewalks (not building lobbies, rec rooms, or other housing amenities). This retail needs to be no less in space than the retail space the building is replacing and it needs to have proper utilities like venting so all retail space can accommodate eateries. Otherwise, the development will diminish our retail core at a time when we are totally out of available retail space and in need of bringing at least 10 new eateries to Town Center that we can not currently accommodate. Since all retail space needs to accommodate eateries, it is important that sufficient sidewalk space be available for outside seating for retail core vibrancy. Remember this block sits directly in the center of our retail core so we want it to be the best to attract our residents back to Town Center.

JimEanes over 1 year ago
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I welcome the development of this parcel, and I appreciate the components of the development that are required for this parcel. We need tasteful and diversified developments in the downtown core, and this project meets those needs. Thanks to the Planning Commission and City for moving this forward.

30YrResident over 1 year ago
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This block is an eyesore - excited that there is another development in the works. The new design looks great.
As we are seeing on much of the west coast, housing is prohibitively expensive and the only solution is to build more. From a climate change perspective, we need more high density housing, ideally located near transportation hubs to reduce carbon emissions, and near amenities, again to reduce the need for cars.
More density in MI's town center is ideal, and this development will significantly improve it!

MPK over 1 year ago
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This is a significant improvement over a neglected hole in the middle of our TC. I do particularly like the mid-block and think it will be a magnet for activity
The development will, of course, have significant resistance from the usual detractors but I feel that our TC has been improving with each mixed-use project. I can't imagine how things would be like now without Einsteins, Qdoba, MI Martial Arts, or any of the many other businesses that now call TC home thanks to the patronage afforded by our growing population.

SEM over 1 year ago
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I'm in favor of more mixed-use development on the island that gives businesses more opportunities to come to or stay on the island as well as for more residents to contribute to our community. Happy to see that this project also includes ample parking and affordable housing.

ElleTW over 1 year ago
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I would love to see this corner of the Town Center developed. It’s currently an eye sore and such a waste of valuable space on MI. Glad to see there is affordable housing included and hope that there will be opportunities for the small businesses currently in the retail spaces to re-open in the new space.

LMonMI over 1 year ago
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This is a welcome improvement to the Town Center. It provides much needed new housing especially for downsizing families who want to stay on the island, more parking, more retail, landscape improvements and thoughtfully includes daylight planes and open space. The building design is attractive and fits into a Northwest modern aesthetic. The building height matches or is lower than others in the Town Center and makes good use of glass for light and openness. I hope the business who need to move out will have the opportunity to lease back at similar rates. Pleased to see the code requires 10% affordable housing units.

heatherring74 over 1 year ago
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Looks great, it will be a welcome upgrade.

jkap over 1 year ago
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So big and ugly. Why can we have architecturally attractive buildings?

Looks like the new ugly buildings in Bellevue.

Bonnie over 1 year ago
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