A Planning Commission meeting set for Jan. 15 will include an analysis of a proposal to build 18 homes on a five-acre piece of land at 3051 84th Avenue S.E. The lot is on what many refer to as Snake Hill, across the street from the south parcel or upper end of Luther Burbank Park.
Existing zoning for the property allows residential development with lots no smaller than 9,600 s.f.
The preliminary plat plan shows 18 lots for homes on lots ranging in size between 10,000 and 12,000 square feet placed along a street that extends 450 feet west from 84th Ave S.E., that splits into a 'Y'. The home sizes estimated for the lots range from 4,500 to 5,000 s.f.
According to information contained in the preliminary plat plan submitted to the city, the developer is MI 84th Limited Partnership with an address listed in White Rock, B.C. The owner listed on the preliminary plan is the present owner, Myer Coval. The five-acre lot was first homesteaded by David Alexander in 1901.
The lot is the present location of a 8,100 square foot custom-built home that defies easy description. The home, was built over a period of 16 years from 1984-2000. Exotic woods and stone were used throughout the structure, including five one-ton granite surround stones for the shower enclosure. The home also includes state of the art heating and cooling systems, and an indoor pool.
The home has two websites and has been cited in numerous newspaper and magazine stories, including the Mercer Island Reporter and on television. But the Covals have been trying to sell the home. The house was originally listed for sale in 2011 for $15.5 million but was reduced significantly.
The existing home is not shown in the plans.
The lot is filled with over 300 trees, many are fruit trees. The trees have been counted and measured. The plan indicates that 206 trees are to be removed and 101 will be retained.
According to King County tax assessment information, the home was assessed at $4.5 million for 2013. The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the City Council chambers at city hall.