Rose Hill development in zoning review process

The Continental Divide project would build out 133 apartments in the Rose Hill neighborhood.

Kirkland city staff is reviewing a large mixed-use apartment complex that seeks to build out 133 apartments along 132nd Avenue Northeast.

The Continental Divide mixed use project is being pioneered by developer Merit Homes and is proposed to be built at 8505 132nd Avenue Northeast. In addition to apartments, the project would include 7,500-square-feet of commercial space. The building would be four stories with the bottom floor comprised of parking and retail space below three floors of apartments. Some 13 of these apartments would be marketed as affordable.

The plot is 2.6 acres and would be built over eight existing parcels, which currently house single-family homes, all of which would be demolished to build the mixed-use development.

The development will go before the Planning Commission on Aug. 23. It joins the ranks of several other projects that are under permit review or under construction.

The largest project that is under construction in Kirkland is the Lennar Apartments at 11821 Northeast 128th Street. It will be five stories tall with 338 units.

The Village at Totem Lake is another massive project that is redeveloping the former Totem Lake location and building 202 apartments. However, due to zoning, none of the apartments will be marketed as affordable. Once it is fully built out, it will have 885 residential units with a combined total of 360,o00-square-feet of residential and retail space. The project is divided into two phases with the first being completed this summer and the next anticipated to be completed next summer.

In downtown Kirkland, the largest and most obvious project is the Kirkland Urban project that encompasses 12 acres. It is also being built out in two phases.

The first will create multiple buildings that will house apartments, offices and open space along with 1,700 parking slots. Two office towers will clock in at seven and eight stories and views from the top floor include the Olympics mountain range and the Seattle skyline across Lake Washington. The two phases will have a total of 1.2 million-square-feet of space.

Finally, the Rose Hill mixed use development at 12040 Northeast 85th Street will have roughly 88,000-square-feet of commercial space and up to 650 apartment units on nearly seven acres of land in the Rose Hill neighborhood.

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