Lake Stevens seeks public’s input April 8 on civic center plan

The City of Lake Stevens invites community members to a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, presenting initial alternative concepts for a potential Civic Center at Chapel Hill, followed by an online survey to share their input.

Join the April 8 meeting at us02web.zoom.us/j/87944593811.

Exterior view of Lake Stevens Library
The city-owned Lake Stevens Library will be demolished in 2021 as the city completes redevelopment of North Cove Park. Officials with the city and Sno-Isle Libraries are discussing options for a replacement library.

The City of Lake Stevens is working in collaboration with Sno-Isle Libraries and the Lake Stevens Sewer District and in an exploratory process to evaluate the possibilities of a Civic Center campus concept. 

“We’re looking forward to hearing what the community wants in a library and a potential civic center,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Assistant Director of Capital Strategy and Planning Chy Ross. “We hope to get plenty of input from community members.”

The proposal includes a new City Hall and Permit Center, Lake Stevens Sewer District administrative offices and Lake Stevens Library in one consolidated Civic Center campus adjacent to transportation lines and easily accessible to the City Center.

Currently, these city services are in undersized, portable and/or temporary buildings.

The key objectives of a new Lake Stevens Civic Center are to provide efficient and financially sustainable public facilities that may reduce costs by sharing common building spaces and infrastructure between agencies, deliver municipal and community services effectively to Lake Stevens residents, and maintain a strong community identity.

In December 2020, the City and Library issued an online survey during the early exploratory phase to collect public input. General findings from this survey were presented during the March 23 Lake Stevens City Council meeting. Since that survey, initial concepts for the Lake Stevens Civic Center have been developed and will be presented to the public during a virtual public meeting on April 8. Join the meeting at us02web.zoom.us/j/87944593811. This meeting will be recorded and made available to the public on the City’s website along with a second online survey to solicit public feedback on the design alternatives presented.

The purpose of this second survey is to solicit community feedback on three concept alternative designs before a final preferred concept is developed. The survey will be open for two weeks from April 8-22 and posted at lakestevenswa.gov/civiccenter. The city will then share a preferred alternative with the public.

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