The City of Lake Stevens is evolving from a small town to a large city. With growth in area and population, the City continues to create a distinctive identity and community aesthetic that identifies and unifies established public spaces.
To accomplish the long-held goal of accommodating the demand for new and improved city services in our community, the City, Sno-Isle Libraries, and Lake Stevens Sewer District are exploring the potential for a private-public partnership to build a joint civic campus.
The City is leading an exploratory process to develop the properties located near 99th Avenue NE and Market Place in the Chapel Hill area. The City owns two parcels of land and Sno-Isle Libraries owns two parcels at this location.
This process will include significant community engagement to develop plans for this mixed-use facility as a more efficient and inviting space for residents and visitors. This input is especially critical in setting the vision for the future of the library building.
The current library is anticipated to be demolished as part of the City’s North Cove Park Project. However, the City and Sno-Isle Libraries remain committed to working together to provide library services in a new, temporary location that will continue to serve the community of Lake Stevens. The City has established a timeline and notice has been provided to Sno-Isle to relocate the library from the current facility by the end of May 2021.
The Lake Stevens Sewer District is interested in evaluating potential cost savings that may be a result of a shared location with the City of Lake Stevens and Sno-Isle Libraries. Their goal is to continue building and maintaining infrastructure to support growth in the community while ensuring compliance with all Federal and State laws.
They are grateful for the opportunity to investigate the potential for a partnership with the City of Lake Stevens to construct a multi-agency civic center, and their interest during this exploratory process is evaluating long term value to current rate payers. This evaluation will be critical in determining if such participation provides neutral to positive Rate Payer Value (RPV).
The City, Sno-Isle Libraries, and the District invite the community to maintain its high level of public engagement and involvement by visiting this website for current information and updates.
The first step of public engagement begins in the form of two surveys. The first survey will begin early in the process to identify community objectives for civic facilities and brainstorm ideas and any concerns.
The second survey will focus on receiving community feedback about the conceptual site designs that are scheduled to be presented in February of 2021. Additionally, over the next 6 months, as the evaluation work advances, public meeting presentations (dates and times to be announced) will occur on the status of the work along with additional information posted to the website.
The evaluation work is expected to be finished at the end of March 2021. Each agency will then determine if, how, and when to proceed to advance the project up to the actual construction of the needed and desired civic facilities.
The vision for the joint civic center is to become more than a place to conduct City business; the civic center will be a source of pride and community identification. It will include safe, efficient, customer-friendly spaces for City administrative functions, Sewer District offices, and a world-class community library.
Input and involvement from the community and City staff are critical to developing solutions for addressing current and future facility needs
Over the course of this project, the Project Team will meet with and present to a number of community groups and organizations, to share the vision of the project and garner feedback.
There will be a number of significant dates and public meetings related to the civic center project.