Site Plan Committee reviews office conversion and subdivision proposal


The Olympia Site Plan Committee is reviewing two applications for development projects – one is to use the existing building and the other is a proposal to subdivide 1.4 acres into nine lots with eight single-family homes.

Office space

In a meeting held on Wednesday, May 11, LDC principal engineer Ross Jarvis gave a brief overview of the client’s proposal for a building located at 720 Lilly Road, SE, Olympia.

The site has two buildings with 36 parking spaces.

He said Montessori School uses one of the buildings; the other is a bank.

As stated in the narrative description submitted to the site committee, the Montessori building would stay on its lot.

The developer plan to to split the second building into two and use it as a dental clinic and office space.

The drive-thru that is on the building’s eastern side will be removed and put a new exit door.

No additional building will be established, Jarvis added.

Olympia planner Casey Schaufler asked Jarvis to submit the binding site plan amendment, that describes their drive-thru plan.

“Some of the parking requirements might depend on whether or not you hit a threshold of 50% of the assessed value for parcel,” Schaufler said as he explained why he needed to ask their plan with the drive-thru.

“If you have a project that reaches that threshold, you will have some additional requirements for parking islands that have to be put in on the site,” Schaufler added.

He also recommended referring back to the 1997 binding site plan of the building. “It shows the proposed building for both the school and the bank. We need to see an actual outline.”

Housing subdivision

In the same meeting, the site plan committee heard a proposal from JSA Civil on behalf of a client that is seeking to subdivide 1.4 acres into nine lots and construct eight single-family home parcels at the south end of Decatur St. at approximately 18th Avenue SW, just northwest of the offices next to the Auto Mall in west Olympia.

The project also proposed a new sidewalk connection to the walking trail within Decatur Street to provide expanded pedestrian amenities for residents of the project and the adjacent neighborhood.


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