Five warehouses now proposed by IRG
Applications for two warehouses, totaling more than 443,000 square feet, are now under review by the city on parcels in the southern area of the historic Weyerhaeuser campus. These two warehouses would generate a total of 290 semi truck trips each day.
A revised concept for three more warehouses, totaling more than 1 million square feet, has been submitted to the city with a request for a preapplication conference.
The proposals are:
- Warehouse A, a 225,950 square-foot-building, 36-40 feet high, on the former Preferred Freezer/Orca Bay site. It would bring 199 semi truck trips daily. The 16-acre parcel includes 1,059 trees; 659 of them are in the interior area (not in the required buffer) and largely expected to be lost to construction. The city is expected to issue a final decision on the application soon. The decision could be appealed.
- Warehouse B is depicted as 217,300 square feet, with a similar height to Warehouse A. It would bring 191 semi truck trips daily. The site has 1,004 trees; 848 of them are in the interior area (not in the required buffer) and largely expected to be lost to construction. Read the notice of application. Comments in opposition to this warehouse must be submitted by Oct. 30. Email them or mail/drop them off at Federal Way City Hall.
The Greenline Business Park concept consists of three warehouses totaling more than 1 million square feet on 146 acres including the existing Technology Center. It is similar to the KG Investment proposal submitted last year. It will include 1,446 parking spaces and 111 spaces for semi trailers. Access will be via four driveways off Weyerhaeuser Way.
Campus named to state preservation group's 'Most Endangered Places' list
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has named the former Weyerhaeuser Corporate Campus to its 2017 Most Endangered Places list. Read our nomination of the campus. The Trust made special presentation at the June 6 Federal Way City Council meeting.
This is the Trust’s 25th year of bringing awareness to buildings, sites and historic places around the state that are threatened by development or neglect. Of 150 properties the Trust has named to its list during that time, 100 have been saved. This means that SWC has gained another significant partner in efforts to preserve, protect and retain the unique character of the campus.
The announcement was made May 20 at the Trust's "Vintage Washington" event, featuring a video that includes rare audio interviews with George Weyerhaeuser and the renowned landscape architect Peter Walker, whose design integrated the headquarters building with its environment. Also interviewed were Save Weyerhaeuser Campus President Lori Sechrist and board member Debra Hansen.
"... if you see another building as you look up the valley or look down the lake, it does real harm to the initial building." -- Peter Walker, campus landscape architect
"I would hope the new uses would be not totally incompatible with the quality of that which is already there." -- George Weyerhaeuser
“Due to its exceptional historic and architectural significance, particular care must be taken with any new development. New buildings must be sensitive to the original design philosophy of the campus, which emphasized integration with the landscape and environmental sensitivity.” --The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Save Weyerhaeuser Campus is working to ensure that the new owners develop the 430-acre campus in a manner that protects its unique natural features, preserves its open spaces and maintains its character as required by the 1994 annexation ordinance and concomitant agreement. Our mission is:
- Protecting the west shoreline of North Lake, the rhododendron garden and the bonsai collection.
- Preserving wildlife habitat and crucial watershed land -- the forests and meadows of the campus -- as well as its trails and public access to them.
- Maintaining the character of the campus through high-quality development that blends with the environment and brings living-wage jobs to the community.
$250k on tap for conservation effort
The state Capital Budget includes money for Weyerhaeuser open space.
Happening now: Waiting for final passage by the Senate.
Read more about our progress on the Conservation page.
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See forested land lost if IRG warehouses are approved. Visit the Maps page
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- Urge the City Council to keep industrial development off the campus, preserve the west shoreline of North Lake for public use and protect the Rhododendron and Bonsai gardens.
- Attend a City Council meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 6 p.m. Nov. 7, at City Hall. Sign up to speak. Even your presence can speak volumes.
- Educate yourself on this site and read application documents on the city site.
- Help pay for legal represenatation: Donate now
- Print and distribute flyers. New flyer here.
- Add your voice to the conversation on Facebook.
- Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org, 253-237-4432
"When the change is for all time, and involves a unique physical asset, I think we have to weigh it very, very carefully to see what price we are going to have to pay for economic progress."
George Weyerhaeuser, in a 1969 Sports Illustrated interview