Grocery Outlet Proposed in Yelm

By Jenna Loughlin jloughlin@yelmonline.com
Posted 9/25/15

A Redmond-based development company has submitted an application to build a retail center — including a Grocery Outlet — on property next to the Safeway plaza.

The city of Yelm determined it …

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Grocery Outlet Proposed in Yelm

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A Redmond-based development company has submitted an application to build a retail center — including a Grocery Outlet — on property next to the Safeway plaza.

The city of Yelm determined it received a complete application, including a Site Plan, Short Subdivision Application, Environmental Checklist, Conceptual Storm Drainage Report, Mazama Pocket Gopher Study, Traffic Impact Report and Preliminary Stormwater Plan, on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The city will now hold a 15-day public comment period, which ends Tuesday, Oct. 6, and its environmental review will follow that.

City of Yelm Associate Planner Tami Merriman emphasized the city has not yet reviewed, accepted or responded to the plan; it has only accepted the application and has to wait for the public comment period to end before it can take any further action.

First Western Development Advisors of Redmond, in care of D&B Retail Development LLC, is proposing to split what was a mobile home park located at 1301 E. Yelm Ave. into three lots. In the center lot, it is proposing the construction of a 17,800-square-foot Grocery Outlet building. Near future commercial development on the western lot will include a 3,400-square-foot fast food building, while the eastern lot will include a 4,800-square-foot retail building.



According to the submitted environmental checklist, the applicant claims the project will generate 106 new PM peak hour trips for all three lots. The developer will pay traffic mitigation for the trips created by the center lot only, 45, for a total cost of $72,540. Traffic mitigation for the other two lots will be paid when the projects are proposed.

According to the Thurston County Assessor’s website, the parcel is owned by Leo Lefebvre and the taxpayer on record is Lemar Acres LLC. According to the website’s owner history, Lefebvre obtained the parcel via a quit claim deed on Feb. 14, 2002. No price is listed.

The city of Yelm is accepting comments early in the review of this proposal. They should be directed to Tami Merriman, Community Development Department, 105 W. Yelm Ave., Yelm WA 98597, 360-458-3835 or tamim@ci.yelm.wa.us.

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