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Commuter Parking and Mixed-Use Development Project


Project to be located at/near the Old Tully's site
At its August 28, 2018 meeting (View Agenda Bill), the 
Mercer Island City Council announced it was seeking interested, experienced, and capable property developers to design and build a development (at/near the old "Tully's Coffee site" -- see parcel map) consisting of a City-owned commuter parking facility adjacent to the future Sound Transit Light Rail Station, and a desirable, mixed-use residential/commercial structure based on the City’s Town Center vision and code. In early September, the City issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to seek developers with a suitable track-record (see below).

This future Commuter Parking and Downtown Mixed-Use Project is a unique opportunity to create a public-private partnership and develop an integrated gateway connection between the City’s Town Center and the light rail station’s east entrance off 80th Avenue SE (opening in 2023). 


The City’s primary objective for this development is the construction of 100 or more commuter parking spaces to help alleviate pressure on the current Sound Transit-owned Park & Ride garage, that fills by 7:00am on most weekdays. Additional community benefits the City is seeking include:
  • Public Open Spaces – An attractive and functional open space and pedestrian/bicycle connection between the project site, Town Center, and the Sound Transit light rail station.
  • Well-Designed Integration – A project that integrates and enhances the Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery in the design.
  • Arts & Cultural Events and Spaces – Inclusion of arts performances, education and collaboration venues.
  • Housing Diversity – The community has a strong interest in adding workforce housing as well as additional condos to the Town Center area.


What's Happening Now?

NEWAt its June 18, 2019 meeting, the City Council reviewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mainstreet Property Group. Passing by a vote of 5-2, the non-binding MOU establishes a conceptual deal structure forming the basis for a future Purchase and Sale Agreement, Development Agreement, and other related agreements, targeted for finalization by the end of 2019. In related discussion, the Council also voted 7-0 to terminate a MOU allowing the consideration of Mercerdale Park as the potential future site of the proposed Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA), which will instead seek to be a major tenant in the mixed-use facility. Please visit the City's public engagement website for the latest updates, Let's Talk Mercer Island  

Proposal Process

View the Request for Qualifications
View the RFQ Pre-Submission Q&A
View a map of parcel dimensions
View an aerial image of the location

Five semi-finalists (see below) participated in an interview and community presentation and open house on Let's Talk LogoMonday, October 22, 2018. To review the presentations or ask questions, visit the Commuter Parking and Mixed-Use Development Project page on the City's online engagement site, Let's Talk Mercer Island.

The deadline for RFQ submittal was Friday, October 5, 2018 and the City received nine submittals. The Evaluation Committee reviewed and selected five firms as semi-finalists, based on how strongly they demonstrated their qualifications, a clear understanding of the City’s goals, and an ability to work with local communities as requested in the RFQ.

The RFQ requested that firms provide their concept for the project to see what could be feasible on the site, but the submitted concepts are only a starting point and may or may not be included in the project. Once a firm is selected, the real work begins to design the project.  A “winning” design will be developed over many months with the community being asked to weigh in on the specific features, design elements, and overall aesthetics of the project.

Finalists: (Note, these finalists have since joined to create one Developer Team)

-- Mainstreet Property Group LLC
-- Shelter Holdings / Weinstein A+U

-- Imagine Housing
-- Mainstreet Property Group LLC
-- Reve Development

-- Shelter Holdings / Weinstein A+U

-- Stream Real Estate Partners

Click below to view all nine submittals:
-- Columbia Pacific Advisors, LLC (CPA)
-- Imagine Housing
-- Lowe
-- Mainstreet Property Group LLC
-- Reve Development
-- Shelter Holdings / Weinstein A+U
-- Stream Real Estate Partners
-- Trammell Crow Company (High Street Residential)
-- White/Peterman Properties, Inc. (WPPI)


2018 -
5 Oct: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) closes
12 Oct: Semifinalists selected and notified
22 Oct: Semi-finalist Interviews
22 Oct: Community Open House and Semi-finalist Q&A (6:30-8:30pm, MI Community and Event Center)
26 Nov: City Council reviews Finalists
18 Dec: City Council scheduled to approve selected Development Partner

2019 -
Jan: City Council considers a proposed Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with preferred developer.
18 Jun: City signs MOU with developer team (Mainstreet/Weinstein) and design process begins, with community engagement and input to follow.

For More Information

Please visit the City's public engagement website, Let's Talk Mercer Island  



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