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The Farm could pose threat to native plants, wildlife in Penny Creek wetlands


Last updated 5/2/2019 at Noon

An old barn is the only structure on the 17-plus acres developers hope to replace with almost 400 apartment homes and 100,000 square feet of commercial space along 132nd St. SE. Environmentalists have raised concerns with the reduced size of the buffer to sensitive wetlands.

The proposed development known as The Farm has raised concerns among environmentalists, city staff and members of the City Council.

The 400 apartment homes and 100,000 square feet of commercial space that developers have planned on 17.34 acres of open space in the northeast corner of Mill Creek does not conform to the city’s intent when municipal codes were implemented to protect native plants and protect wildlife, according to Elizabeth Larsen, a senior planner who has reviewed development projects for local cities as well as for Snohomish County.

“They are not taking this threat ser...

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