Update on Light Rail and Rezoning

As most of you know, the light rail station at 145th and I-5 is scheduled to be operational in 2023. To accommodate future population growth expected around the station, the City began a planning effort in 2015 to rezone a large area of Parkwood immediately west of I-5. The City also launched the 145th Street Multimodal Corridor Study. In March, the City Council voted to delay implementing new zoning, pending the completion of the corridor study.

What can Parkwood neighbors expect in 2016?

Three intertwined projects will ultimately affect ­Parkwood residents, particularly those living close to I-5.

After two Open Houses in 2015 and a third on Feb. 24, 2016, the 145th Street Multimodal Corridor Study will select a preferred alternative to recommend to City Council. The preferred alternative may or may not include widening of 145th Street.

Sound Transit will begin to gather public input on the ­actual design of the light rail station. The City of Shoreline is also interested in your comments on what the future station should look like and held the first public meeting on this topic on January 27, 2016.

After the completion of the corridor study, the City ­Council will resume the process of rezoning the neighborhoods of Ridgecrest and Parkwood near the future station.

The 145th Street Station Citizens Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 17418 8th Ave. NE. The meetings are informative, and the city is actively recruiting input from those living in the neigh­borhoods adjacent to the future light rail. Email 145SCC@gmail.com to join their mailing list.

Visit shorelinewa.gov/lightrail for the latest information.