In 2008, after many years of work by community stakeholders, the Lake Grove Village Center Plan was adopted by the City Council and incorporated into City Code. The Plan defines and outlines implementation measures to achieve the community’s vision for a welcoming, comfortable community nucleus. The transformation of Boones Ferry Road to address infrastructure and amenity deficiencies is a key element of the Plan.
One of the City Council’s 2012 Goals was to adopt an implementation plan for the Lake Grove Village Center Plan. Council directed staff to prepare the April 2012 Lake Grove Village Center Financial Study and complete an urban renewal plan for Lake Grove, to authorize urban renewal as one of several funding sources for key implementation projects. On July 24, 2012, the Council adopted the Lake Grove Village Center Urban Renewal Plan to provide funding for two projects: Boones Ferry Road and parking (to replace parking lost as a result of the road project and provide additional public parking supply). The first urban renewal priority is to complete Boones Ferry Road improvements from Madrona to Oakridge/Reese and provide a pedestrian crossing at Lanewood, near the Lake Grove Elementary School.
The Boones Ferry Road – Madrona to Oakridge/Reese improvements, defined in more detail in the Lake Grove Village Center Plan and subsequent Boones Ferry Road Refinement planning, include:
- Four vehicular travel lanes
- Landscaped medians with vehicular turn lane improvements
- New, safer sidewalks with street trees, lighting, street furniture and landscaping
- Two new signalized intersections and two new pedestrian crosswalks
- Bike lanes in each direction
- Improved storm drainage systems
- Undergrounding of utilities
- Pedestrian crossing at Lanewood