Possible Work Release Facility
August 13, 2021 Update
The city issued a news release summarizing the Department of Corrections' presentation to the City Council on August 12. The release can be found here.
July 29, 2021 Update
July 16, 2021 Update
Site in Mountlake Terrace Examined for Work Release Facility: In 2019 the Legislature directed the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) to identify sites for additional work release facilities in various regions of the state, including Snohomish County. The DOC recently identified a commercial property along the Mountlake Terrace/Edmonds border as a leading site for such a facility. The site is located at 7125 224th Street SW along the Interurban Trail on a dead end street with vehicular access from 224th Street in Edmonds near Ranch 99 Market (see map).
State law requires cities to accommodate “essential public facilities,” such as work release facilities, and Mountlake Terrace allows this type of facility, with conditions, in the Light Industrial/Office Park zone.
Although DOC stressed in a meeting this week that no decisions have been made, and a public process with stakeholder engagement will continue, DOC’s next steps would be to meet with the city’s Community and Economic Development Department to discuss the site and use, along with potential conditions. If the site becomes a viable option, state law requires DOC to conduct a public hearing process, which includes notification to all addresses within a half-mile radius of the site.
The city has invited the Department of Corrections' Project Team to speak to the Mountlake Terrace community about this proposal and answer questions, so please watch for updates as we work to confirm a date and time. Learn more information about the state’s work release program online.