Merlone Geier Partners is a real estate company that owns and manages a variety of grocery and drug store-anchored retail properties on the West Coast, 33 of which are located in the Puget Sound region. In addition to providing leasing and property management services, Merlone Geier has also worked with stakeholders to redevelop some of its properties by updating existing buildings or adding new uses.
In 2014, Merlone Geier purchased the Town Center at Lake Forest Park. Since then we have been leasing vacant space, working with our tenants and getting to know the community.
You may have heard about the exciting changes that are coming to Lake Forest Park. As part of the Sound Transit ST3 funding package that was approved by voters in 2016, Sound Transit is planning a park and ride garage in the vicinity of the Town Center and a Bus Rapid Transit station providing connections to the new light rail extension.
To respond to these important investments, the City of Lake Forest Park is kicking off a public planning process to chart the future of the Town Center. The City’s vision for this process is to work with a broad and diverse spectrum of the community to discuss the Town Center’s role as a central mobility and community hub. Some topics will include living options, connectivity demands, retail uses, gathering places, and natural features. You can find out more about the City’s public workshops here.
Merlone Geier will participate in the City’s planning process along with our neighbors. We recognize the importance of the Town Center to Lake Forest Park, and it’s our priority to preserve its place as the cultural heart of the community.
We are also interested in hearing directly from stakeholders about the Town Center. That’s why we’ve been engaging with a variety of groups – including the City Council, the founders and board of the Commons, the Arts Council, and the Stewardship Foundation among several others. We hope you will join us on this journey and provide your feedback and input!
Merlone Geier Partners is a West Coast real estate company that owns and manages a variety of grocery and drug store-anchored retail properties, with 33 properties in the Puget Sound Region. We also work with stakeholders to redevelop properties by updating existing buildings or adding new uses.
In response to Sound Transit planning a 300-car park and ride garage in the vicinity of the Town Center and a Bus Rapid Transit station along the 522 Corridor that will connect to the new light rail extension, the City is engaging in a sub area planning process with the residents of Lake Forest Park that considers the long-term vision for the Town Center property.
Merlone Geier will participate in that process along with other stakeholders. Once that planning session is complete, we will have a much better idea of what the City and the residents would like to see on the Town Center site.
We are also conducting our own outreach to get a better idea of what people like about the Town Center and what they think could be improved.
Like the saying goes, there’s no place like home, especially if you live in Lake Forest Park. Although for many people, the Town Center at Lake Forest Park has become the next best thing—home away from home. Whether it’s meeting friends for coffee and conversation, dancing to live music at the Third Place Commons, or buying fresh local produce at the Farmers Market—the Town Center is the social hub of our community.
As the owners of the Town Center, Merlone Geier wants to make sure the Town Center continues to be the heart of the community—now and for generations to come.
That’s where you come in. As your neighbor, we invite and value your input as we consider the future of the Town Center. What’s working? What could be improved? What’s missing?
You’ve got our ear (and our email) and we hope you’ll make the most of it!