Sequim: Retailers weigh downtown harm, small-town image in light of possible regional mall

SEQUIM — Downtown merchants have mixed emotions about the possibility of a major shopping center being built.

The subject became a topic of interest early last week when an owner’s request to rezone property to zoning that allows regional shopping centers was approved by the Planning Commission.

The City Council will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday in the Sequim Community Center, 190 W. Cedar St., on Bell Homestead LLC’s request to change the zoning of property abutting Brown Road.

If approved the rezoning will give Bell Homestead about 72 acres of property zoned CIII, which allows regional shopping centers.

Real estate broker Ed Squillace, whose office represents owners of other properties with zoning to build regional shopping centers, said the Bell Homestead property is the favorite of representatives from The Home Depot.

Properties east of downtown are being ranked second, he said.

Bell Homestead LLC Manager Mark Burrowes has said he doesn’t have a specific project in mind for the property which runs north and east from the Sequim Avenue-U.S. Highway 101 interchange.

Sequim Mayor Walt Schubert said he’s received numerous calls on the issue.

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