After examining the available options to address this issue, MICA’s Board in the Fall of 2015 directed its design team to develop a new building footprint located entirely outside of the finger of wetland and a 25-foot buffer. The footprint also remains outside of the perimeter walking path around Mercerdale lawn. This new plan still fulfills the programmatic needs of the MICA users and community, as identified in MICA’s studies. Since the revised design does not disturb the existing wetland, it is unlikely that the plan will require review or approval by either the Army Corps of Engineers or the State Department of Ecology, which the City Attorney confirmed with both those agencies.
Click here for the new footprint of the building.