Edgewood Town Center & Meridian Commercial Corridor

                                          Contact: Kevin Stender, Community Development Director  253.952.3299

The Vision for the 
Town Center & Meridian Corridor 
OVERVIEW - The City of Edgewood is launching a major review of development opportunities along the 
City's commercial corridor, Meridian Avenue East.  Notable within this development strategy are plans for a Town Center.  The Town Center is an integral part of the City's economic development strategy emphasizing a 
planned mix of pedestrian-oriented commercial, business and residential development. 

Location & Visibility
The City of Edgewood is conveniently located on SR 161/Meridian Avenue, a regional corridor within the heart of the emerging development market in northern Pierce County.  It is accessible from both 
Interstate 5 and SR 167.  The Meridian Corridor is well-traveled and the current 20,000 daily trips are projected to increase by 25% in the next 5-6 years.                            
                                                                         Meridian Streetscape Elements
Ample Undeveloped Land
Of the 345 acres within the Meridian Corridor, about 250 acres are available
for development. More than 1/3 of this area has been set aside for the development
of the Town Center.  In addition, there are 60 acres of zoned commercial land and another 
100 acres for new residential units.

Planned 36th & Meridian Community Park
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In 2005, the City purchased an 18-acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of Meridian and 36th Street from the Puyallup School District with the intent of constructing a multi-use community park.  The City Council accepted the master plan in 2007, which the facilities will include a baseball field, basketball court, two tennis courts, a soccer field, parking, restrooms, picnic areas, tot lot and playground, a water feature "splash park", and a small amphitheater.

Infrastructure Investments Underway
    —�  There is strong support from Meridian Corridor property owners and local elected officials to advance Town Center development and increase densities along the corridor.
    —�  A citizen-initiated Sewer LID ($23 Million), primarily  serving property abutting Meridian Avenue, was created in December 2008.
    —�  A new road network paralleling Meridian Avenue will provide 3 to 4 miles of new street frontage upon completion.

    —�  The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is widening Meridian Avenue from a 3-lane roadway to a 5-lane multi-modal transportation corridor ($70.3 Million).
    —�  Legislative support ($5 Million of the project's funds) was secured specifically to fund pedestrian enhancements and streetscape improvements.
    —�  Edgewood is teaming with the City of Milton to relocate the intersection of Meridian Avenue and Jovita Boulevard (within the Corridor) approximately 1,100 feet to the north to improve access (estimated at $6.3 Million).
    —�  The City of Edgewood recently completed a new 15,000 square-foot Civic Center and Park within the Town Center (approximately $5.8 Million).
    —�  The Meridian Corridor is the preferred location to host a new Edgewood-Milton branch of the Pierce County Library System.
    —�  The City of Edgewood finished the first segment of the parallel road network through the Civic Center complex (approximately $1.2 Million).


Summary Schedule:
�— December 15, 2009 - Request for Concepts advertised
�— January 6, 2010 - City holds an "Open House" - Provides an opportunity for submitters to review the areas and speak directly with City staff about the process.
�— January 12, 2010 - Deadline for submittals and requests to participate
�— January 15, 2010 - City will notify participants of the Workshop schedule
�— January 23, 2010 10:00 am to 3:00 pm - Public Workshop Agenda at Edgewood City Hall
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Town Center Brochure
�— Request for Concepts
�— RFC Invitation Letter
�— 2009 Market Analysis
�— Town Center & Meridian Corridor Project Folio

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