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Plan pitched for redevelopment of building overlooking Capitol Lake

A group called Views on 5th LLC has proposed a mixed-use development for the former Capitol Center Building on Capitol Lake. The proposal would incorporate the use of the existing tower. The city of Olympia began notifying the public Friday about the proposal.
A group called Views on 5th LLC has proposed a mixed-use development for the former Capitol Center Building on Capitol Lake. The proposal would incorporate the use of the existing tower. The city of Olympia began notifying the public Friday about the proposal. City of Olympia

The long-awaited mixed-use project proposed for the Capitol Center Building — the tall building on the north shore of Capitol Lake — is set to undergo public scrutiny.

The city of Olympia has begun notifying the public about a land-use application that proposes to redevelop the site into a “multi-family and commercial complex intended to provide 138 new residences and a mix of ground-floor restaurant and retail spaces.”

The application was received June 14, but still needs approval in the following areas: land use, design review, engineering, building and review under the state Environmental Policy Act, or SEPA.

The project intends to reuse the existing tower and construct two new adjacent mixed-use buildings. Parking and landscaping will be provided, according to the city.

Here’s what happens next:

▪ Written comment: The city is accepting written comment until 5 p.m. July 7. Comments should be sent to Lead Planner Nicole Floyd at nfloyd@ci.olympia.wa.us. She also can be reached at 360-570-3768.

▪ Neighborhood meeting: The proposal will be the subject of an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 12 in council chambers at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.

▪ Design review board meeting: The city’s design review board will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in room 207 of Olympia City Hall. No public comment will be heard at this meeting, but the lead planner will accept written comments during or before the meeting.

▪ Public hearing: A public hearing is required but hasn’t been scheduled.

The project is called Views on 5th and has been proposed by a group called Views on 5th LLC. It was not immediately clear who is part of that group, although developer Ken Brogan of Tumwater is thought to be part of it.

Brogan told The Olympian in December that the property was purchased for $6.8 million.

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