LATEST NEWS ON THE CAMPUS

  • Warehouse A: After four rounds of techical review letters, the city soon will issue its environmental and land-use decisions. This warehouse is on the site where the fish plant was originally proposed in August 2016.
  • Warehouse B: The city is continuing through the land-use permit review process for this warehouse, located on the south part of the campus, next to the proposed Warehouse A. Because it is located adjacent to Warehouse A and they share a stormwater pond, it's expected the environmental and land-use decisions on Warehouse B will follow shortly at those for Warehouse A.
  • Greenline Business Park: IRG's application for three warehouses, totaling more than 1 million square feet, on the north end of the campus, has triggered the requirement for a master drainage plan. This complex plan can take 1-2 years to complete. You can view documents on the city's site.
  • Comments on the business park application can be sent to planning@cityoffederalway.com.  More than 725 community members signed a comment letter we facilitated and forwarded to the city.
  • Read project documents for all five warehouses on the city's site.
  • Comments can still be submitted to the city on any of the projects until decisions are issued. Email your comments or send to/drop them off at Federal Way City Hall.
  • DaVita has applied for construction of an office building on a portion of the 11.53 acres of the campus that it purchased from IRG for $6.78 million in July 2017. Scroll down the page to read more.

Greenline Warehouse "A"

The latest proposal: A 225,950-square-foot general commodity warehouse with 264 parking spaces and 30 semi trailer stalls on 15.16 acres of land located on Weyerhaeuser Way, just north of Highway 18 and south of the campus headquarters building. The building will be 40-44 feet tall. A tenant has not been identified.

Traffic: A study estimates the warehouse will generate nearly 1,000 new vehicle trips daily. This includes 199 truck trips (26 trips during the AM peak hour and 20 during the PM peak hour) and 795 passenger vehicle trips (103 during the AM peak hour and 80 during the PM peak hour).Vehicle access: One access is planned for truck traffic, to channel semis from Highway 18 to the entrance just north of the interchange. No left turns will be allowed onto Weyerhaeuser Way. Passenger vehicles will access the warehouse and its offices via two driveways off the headquarters "loop road."

Design: Craft Architects has "included timber accents and artistic reveal patterns to emphasize the history and character of the area." Office entries that are visible from adjoining streets feature "large expanses of glass, glue laminated timber framing, facade modulation, large canopies and arcades."

Environmental issues: Many significant trees will be cut, resulting in loss of animal and bird habitat in the Pacific Flyway. Impacts to on-site wetlands are proposed to be mitigated by a fee-in-lieu program administered by the Federal Way Parks and Recreation Department. There may be impacts to East Hylebos Creek, which flows through Milton and Fife to the Tacoma tide flats. Noise and air pollution from semi-trucks servicing the warehouse are a concern.

What’s next: The city says the master use permit for a building on the property remains vested, even though the original tenant withdrew and the lot boundaries have been redrawn. The permit continues through the environmental/technical review process; the city must determine that the new submission materials meet the city's requirements for additional information. Read the Jan. 28, 2018 letter, the June 27, 2017 letter and the Oct. 7, 2016 letter.

Public input: Public comments are still being accepted by the city until the land use decision is issued. The next formal comment period will be the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review. No date has been set.

Appeals: When a final determination is made, it can be appealed to the city hearing examiner. An appeal can be filed by the developer and anyone who made comments during the public comment period last August.

Greenline Business Park

The proposal: IRG has applied to build three warehouses totaling nearly 1.1 million square feet on 146 acres that include the existing Greenline Technology Center building. The buildings will be 42 feet tall, and according to the environmental checklist, views looking north from South 336th Street will be altered by the sight of Buildings B and C.

The plan includes 1,446 parking spaces and 111 spaces for semi trailers. Access will be via four driveways off Weyerhaeuser Way. Five storm water ponds are proposed, including one on the east side of Weyerhaeuser Way, across from the project site. 

The site has 4,182 significant trees (175 of those in the required buffer) and 58 percent of them will be lost to construction.

Building A: 638,000 square feet, located north of the Tech Center.

Building B: 282,500 square feet, located south of the Tech Center.

Building C: 147,500 square feet, located south of the Tech Center.

Environmental issues: The site includes 63 wetlands and a man-made fish-bearing stream that is part of the Hylebos stream system, Issues include truck traffic, loss of forested watershed and habitat for animals and birds, filling of wetlands, effects on water quantity and quality in North Lake, which feeds the salmon-bearing East Hylebos Creek that flows through the campus and eventually into Puget Sound in Tacoma.

What's next: The city is reviewing IRG's application documents and working with IRG to develop the scope for the master drainage plan.

Greenline Business Park plan

Three warehouses, more than 1 million square feet, proposed near Tech Center. Click on map for larger view.

Previous warehouse site plan

Original warehouse proposal. Click to enlarge.

Forest and wetlands at risk

Thousands of trees would be cut to make way for three warehouses. Photo: Talasaea Consultants

Man-made stream channel

Over time, this man-man stream has become more naturalized, consultants say. It flows south into Weyerhaeuser Lake. Photo: Talasaea Consultants

Project documents

Forested wetland. Photo: Talasaea Consultants

DaVita office building

On July 12, 2017, Denver-based DaVita (Genesis KC Development, LLC) paid $6.78 million for 11.5 acres of IRG property located south of South 320th Street, according to King County records.

The four parcels, indicated in yellow on the map at right, adjoin DaVita's current corporate location at 32275 32nd Avenue S., which houses 500 employees.

DaVita has proposed a new 200,000-square-foot building in the OP-1 zone that is part of the 1994 Weyerhaeuser pre-annexation agreement with the city of Federal Way. No critical areas are identified on the sites.

DaVita plans to move its remaining 500 employees from Tacoma to the new building. Read The News Tribune story.

DaVita is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners.

Read the 2013 Federal Way Mirror story about DaVita

Two possible sites for the DaVita office building
DaVita paid $6.78M for these parcels on 7-12

Project documents

City comments on Davita application

City letter to Davita