Several Housing Developments Slated for Yelm

By Jacob Dimond /
Posted 2/22/22

Mayor Joe DePinto noted that Yelm is one of Washington’s 10 fastest growing cities during his “State of the City” speech on Feb. 8. That trend is expected to continue in 2022 and …

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Several Housing Developments Slated for Yelm


Mayor Joe DePinto noted that Yelm is one of Washington’s 10 fastest growing cities during his “State of the City” speech on Feb. 8. That trend is expected to continue in 2022 and beyond, as numerous housing projects in the city are under development, according to DePinto.

DePinto stated that “multiple apartment complexes are in the works” in Yelm. The locations will include a complex behind Walmart and a complex near the Yelm Medical Plaza.

“For Thurston County, housing is scarce,” said DePinto. “We want to provide more opportunities and better opportunities for people.”

Aside from apartments, more housing is currently being developed as well. DePinto said multiplexes are beginning to pop up in Yelm. Multiplexes can be beneficial for those who struggle to afford housing, DePinto said, as one house is split for multiple people leading to cheaper rent. Several multiplexes near Yelm Cinemas are currently being developed.

DePinto noted that multiplexes and duplexes, as well as single family housing will continue to be built and developed in the area.

With the population of Yelm expected to rise, many residents have been left wondering what that will do to a traffic situation which is already less than ideal. DePinto stated there are several upcoming projects that have either already begun or are in the works which will alleviate traffic concerns in the city.

The Yelm Bypass, otherwise known as the state Route 510 Yelm Loop, will begin development between the end of 2022 and summer of 2023. It is expected to be finished in 2025. The Yelm Bypass road begins behind Walmart in Yelm, and diverts traffic away from downtown to the roundabout near Southworth Elementary School.

Both DePinto and the Washington State Department of Transportation believe the bypass will help relieve traffic build up throughout Yelm. Sometimes when there is a car accident on Interstate 5, travelers instead travel through Yelm, which causes an influx of traffic in the city.

Aside from the Yelm Bypass plans, there are various plans spread out through 2027 that will continue to develop the back roads in Yelm, said DePinto.

The 2022 Yelm Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) lists 12 projects, which include the reconstruction of Bald Hill Road, the Yelm Prairie Line Trail, the intersection at Longmire and Yelm Avenue, phase three of the Mosman Avenue East project, the Coates Avenue connection from Killion to Cullens, and the Burnett and 93rd realignment, as well as sidewalk improvements to Second Street, and several other improvements along Yelm Avenue.

The incoming changes to the city aim to improve living conditions, as well as road conditions for its residents, DePinto said.

“Yelm is a nice, safe place to raise your family, and it’s very affordable compared to surrounding cities,” DePinto said. “We’re doing things now that will benefit us 10, 15 years from now. Our city is continuing to grow and these changes are going to be for the better.”


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