The long-awaited water park at the south Interstate 90 interchange is not under construction, but the developer is pursuing steps that could lead to construction.
At 5:30 p.m., July 17, Lakeside Town Center owner Gene Martin will bring a request before the city of Ellensburg hearings examiner for a height variance. The hearing will take place in the City Council Chambers in City Hall.
The variance would be for the five-story hotel and 77-foot water slide tower in a commercial highway zone that allows for 35-foot high structures.
This will be the first hearing before Ellensburg’s hearing examiner, a position that was created this past year during the city’s comprehensive plan update process.
A height variance approval would be a step toward the development of the water park and hotel.
Martin said if the variance is granted, the next step is to apply for building permits with the city. The development also needs to get permits from the state Department of Health for the water park component.
Martin said if approvals go smoothly there is nothing standing in the way of project .
“It’s all detail work now,” Martin said. “The city has been very supportive, and, so far, no one has raised any issues.”
These would be the first buildings constructed on the Lakeside plat. Previously, Martin has discussed plans to build an outlet mall on that property, as well.
By MICHAEL GALLAGHER assistant editor for the Daily Record