Say goodbye to the street trees: planning begins for 185th Street Corridor

Monday, October 15, 2018

Street trees on NE 185th will be in the way of expansion
Note the bicyclist in the bike lane
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

The City of Shoreline is beginning the public process for the redesign of the 185th Street Corridor, anticipating the opening of the 185th Street Shoreline North light rail station.

The goal is to have a corridor that will "be safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars; support bus and light rail transit service; create gathering spaces; and encourage neighborhood businesses."

185th Street Corridor
From Fremont Ave to North City

The 185th MCS will study a corridor from Fremont Avenue N in the Hillwood / Richmond Highlands neighborhoods, east across Aurora Avenue N to 10th Avenue NE, south along 10th Avenue NE to NE 180th Street, and east on NE 180th Street to 15th Avenue NE in North City.

The “Z” shaped corridor connects the Aurora Corridor, the future Link light rail station at I-5, and the North City neighborhood.

Three events are planned for October. This is the first chance for citizens to make their opinions known before plans solidify.

Corridor Walking and/or Biking Tours 
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Spartan Recreation Center, Cascade Room
202 NE 185th Street

Walk or bike along the corridor to review existing conditions, identify corridor components to preserve/enhance, and envision needed changes that could help the corridor work better for everyone.

In order to manage tour sizes, please RSVP and indicate your walk or bike tour preference and number of participants.
Children under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Storefront Studios
Saturday, October 20, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Spartan Recreation Center, Cascade Room

Tuesday, October 23, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Spartan Recreation Center, Cascade Room

Learn more about the process and talk to the team about the existing corridor and the future demands anticipated on the corridor.

Open House
Thursday, October 25, 6:00 to 8:00pm
City Hall Council Chamber

Hear a brief presentation about the project and discuss your ideas for corridor improvements with the project team.

Project updates will be available at


Heather October 15, 2018 at 6:02 AM  

The title of this article certainly caught my eye but there is no mention in the article nor any of the links I followed regarding the status of the trees. Is this assumption? Speculation based on planned widening of the roads that I didn't see? Trees are obviously a hot button topic for many people - has the Shoreline Area News given in to click bait?

Janet Way October 15, 2018 at 8:56 AM  

Thanks SAN for posting this photo of our magnificent fall colored street trees on 185th! It is heartbreaking to think of the profound impact this plan will have on this neighborhood and many others.

While Light Rail and development may be inevitable, the impact to our tree canopy could either be limited or devastating. The replacement tree plan is thus far not clear and will inevitably take decades to bring back this beauty and function of our tree canopy.

This summer we again experienced the horrific impacts of air pollution from forest fires and high temperatures from climate change. Our ONLY protection was our existing significant trees. Shoreline MUST and CAN take action to protect and replace these trees and preserve and expand open space.

This is a REQUIREMENT of the Growth Management Act!

Thomas Wear,  October 15, 2018 at 12:17 PM  

I don't understand your headline. Where exactly does anything indicate that trees will be removed? It's nowhere on the Shoreline gov page you link to.

Anonymous,  October 15, 2018 at 5:47 PM  

I hope they rip down all the trees along 185th STREET. They're a total mess.

Anonymous,  October 15, 2018 at 6:31 PM  

Will trees be replaced?

Terry O October 15, 2018 at 10:34 PM  

Very sad. Some of my earliest memories are of those trees being planted. Shoreline has some of the most beautiful steets to drive along -- 185th, Meridian and 5th Ave NE in particular. I wish we had those trees along our roads in Snohomish County.

Anonymous,  October 16, 2018 at 10:26 AM  

Wow - any of you that think the trees WON"T be removed haven't seen any public works projects in Shoreline - and remember all architectural renderings of finished projects show landscaping - which is installed AFTER the project is finished.

Anonymous,  October 16, 2018 at 1:48 PM  

Go back to the original rezone documentation and you'll see the plans... property takings to widen the street on each side by 10-15 feet and land grabbing people's front yards far behind the right-of-way. I don't understand the mentality of you people who insist on handmaidening for the city and the pro-development agenda of those on city council.

Unknown October 18, 2018 at 6:20 AM  

How.did our trees protect us from Canadian forest fire air pollution?

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