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Town Center Mixed Use Project Enters Design Review [2885 78th Ave SE]

XingHua Proposal Sketch (Johnston Architects)
Feb 4, 2020 - ​The City of Mercer Island is reviewing an application for a new mixed-use building located at 2750 77th Avenue SE and 2885 78th Avenue SE. The proposed building would be four stories above grade with 164 apartment units and 10,742 of ground-level retail space, and two levels of underground residential and retail parking.  Most of the retail would be located along 78th Avenue, facing the QFC supermarket; the project does not include the property currently used by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. 

To enhance street vibrancy and interaction, the proposal includes four landscaped public plazas, and a 20-foot wide public through-block connection along the northern property line; a private courtyard is also proposed for tenants. A proposed loading dock and service area for tenants, to facilitate move-in, food delivery, refuse and recycling collection, etc., would be accessed via a driveway on 77th Avenue SE.

The available project documents (including the proposed building plans) submitted by the applicant can be viewed in the online project folder. As the project review evolves and additional documents are submitted by the applicant, they will be added to the project folder. For an overview of the project, with an accompanying image gallery of design sketches, or to ask questions, please visit the City’s public engagement website.

The initial public comment period extends until February 26, 2020, and the project will be subject to a public hearing at the Design Commission at a future date; public notices will be distributed at least 30 days prior to the hearing. While the initial public comment period expires on February 26, 2020, public comments are welcomed until the close of the public hearing.

Written public comments may be submitted by email, postal mail, or in person at the Community Planning & Development front counter at City Hall. Verbal comments may be provided to the Design Commission during the comment period at the public hearing. To become a party of record and receive future project notices, please submit a public comment or send a message to the project contact Nicole Gaudette, Senior Planner, at


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