Adopted by the City Council March 28, 2011
At its March 28 meeting, the Shoreline City Council passed Ordinance 598, adopting the Aldercrest Subarea Plan and new PA 3 Land Use Map designation and zoning for the parcel.
The adopted plan, maps and zoning code are available for review under the link titled "Ordinance 598" located in the upper right hand corner of this page.
Overview & History
Aldercrest Annex, also referred to as the former site of Kellogg Middle School, is a sixteen acre parcel in the Ballinger Neighborhood. It is bound on the west by 25th Avenue NE, on the north by NE 200th Street, on the south by multifamily homes that access to NE 195th Street, and on the east by a single family neighborhood that accesses to 30th Avenue NE.
The Shoreline School District closed the school decades ago and has since declared the property as surplus. The district would eventually like to sell it and direct the proceeds to serve its educational mission.
For decades the lower portion of the property, which constitutes the largest green and open area in the Ballinger neighborhood, has been informally used for both passive and active recreation. Neighborhood residents and youth sports teams from the larger community have used the facilities for soccer, baseball and tennis. Other community gathering and recreational activities on this grassy area include kite and frisbee flying, snow sledding on the slopes between benches during the winter months, and even outdoor movies hosted by the neighborhood association. And while the park at Bruggers Bog is across the street, it does not provide such a broad range of opportunities for active recreation and large community gatherings as are available at the Aldercrest Annex site.
Although the property has been historically designated for single family and institutional uses, the future redevelopment of the Aldercrest Annex site for different uses holds unique and important opportunities for the Ballinger neighborhood, the City and the School District. The neighborhood has been very interested in permanently securing the open space and recreational amenities of the lower portions of the site, ideally as a city-owned park. The City also wishes to increase the supply of park land in the Ballinger area to better serve the needs of the growing area.
To secure a portion of this site for a future park, the Aldercrest Task Force prepared potential amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code to govern future development of the site by a private developer. The Aldercrest Task Force has consisted of representatives from the City of Shoreline, the Shoreline School District, the Ballinger Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Aldercrest.
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposal on February 17 and continued it to March 3. The Commission voted 6-0 to recommend to the City Council the adoption of a new Aldercrest Subarea Plan and new Planned Area 3 zone to implement the Subarea Plan. Council is scheduled to review the Planning Commission's recommendation in late March.