OLYMPIA: Board to voice view on Larida project

Olympia's Design Review Board will make a recommendation to the hearing examiner about Larida Passage, the mixed-use project proposed for downtown's isthmus, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers, 900 Plum St. S.E., Olympia.

The decision had been postponed last week. A majority of Design Review Board members decided after a nearly three-hour meeting Thursday night that they needed more time to consider public testimony and the Larida Passage design proposal. About 19 people testified at the meeting, and all but two voiced opposition to the project.

At issue during last week’s meeting was a modified design for Larida Passage, a two-building, mixed-use development proposed by Triway Enterprises that would include a 90-foot building with space for retail shops, structured parking and room for 141 condominiums. The other structure is a 35-foot office/retail building. Earlier, Triway had proposed two buildings, but one would have measured between 42 and 65 feet.

The developer made the change to avoid going through the state Department of Ecology Shoreline Master Program amendment process, which could take years. The original plan would have been subject to the process because a portion is within the state shoreline boundary that caps building heights at 35 feet, unless an exception is made.

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