Sound Transit is in the early stages of researching several sites in Kent and Federal Way for a new, 50-acre operations and maintenance facility (OMF) to service the light rail extension to Tacoma.

One of the locations under consideration is the site of the new Dick’s Drive-In and Lowes on Pacific Highway South in Kent.

Another is the nearby Midway Landfill, which is ready for redevelopment.

“We are opposed to the Dick’s/Lowe’s site for an OMF and have requested Sound Transit take it off the list of properties being considered for further analysis,” Mayor Dana Ralph said in a statement.

Ralph adds:

“We have a plan for the entire Midway area. We worked with residents and businesses to envision the possibilities and putting the OMF on the Dick’s/Lowe’s site is contrary to that vision. With light rail coming to the area, we have a unique opportunity for new housing and commercial development.

“If the OMF were built in this location, it would forever prevent this from happening. The Midway Landfill, however, is ideal for this type of use, and we are asking Sound Transit to strongly consider that viable option.”

Sound Transit is accepting public comment during the scoping period, which ends on April 1.

You can offer input at one of two upcoming open houses, listed below, or share your feedback online now.

  • March 12, 20196 – 8 p.m.
    Federal Way Performing Arts Center
  • March 20, 20196 – 8 p.m.
    Highline College, Building 8

“Sound Transit’s decision on sites is critical to the future of Kent. I’d love your support to get the Dick’s/Lowe’s site off the list for consideration. Thank you!”

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