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October 11, 2015

210 senior apartments coming to Trosper Road site in Tumwater

The Olympian

Andy Hobbs

Plans are underway for a 210-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors in Tumwater, the first development of its kind in the city.

Known as The Reserve at Tumwater, the five-story building is slated for the former Mega Foods site at 710 Trosper Road, just west of Interstate 5. The project will include about 17,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floors.

The retail portion is scheduled to open in March 2016, with the residential section set for completion by spring 2017. Construction on the first phase will begin in November, according to contractor Exxel Pacific.

At this time, the project is going through the permit process, including a request to exceed the city's building height limit of 50 feet. The proposed height is 56.5 feet.

So far, about 60 percent of the retail space has been leased. Future tenants include T-Mobile, Mud Bay and Tranquility Dental Wellness Center, according to Rune Harkestad, real estate broker with Kidder Mathews.

Harkestad said the development is ideal for seniors because of access to amenities such as restaurants, banks and grocers. The site, which is located behind a Walgreens at the northeast corner of Trosper and Littlerock roads, will include a walking trail to nearby Barnes Lake.

"There was a time when we had Office Depot, PetSmart and Circuit City all ready to go on that site," said Harkestad, who has been working with property owner Weiks Family Partners for several years. "The retail landscape has completely changed and those big box retailers are not doing anything."

Chris Carlson, permit manager for the city, said the proposed building aligns with growth management goals for more compact and dense development in the area.

"It's really an ideal site for this type of use," Carlson said.

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