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MainStreet Property Group and HAL Real Estate Break Ground on Long-Awaited Transformative Schoolhouse District Project in Woodinville, WA

MainStreet Property Group, HAL Real Estate, Woodinville, GenCap Construction Corp, GGLO, First Western Properties, Insite Property Solutions

Work Begins on Woodinville’s ‘The Schoolhouse District:’ Project Includes Renovated Historic Schoolhouse, New Retail, Public Outdoor Space, Residential Units and Expanded New YMCA 

The Schoolhouse District is Slated to Open Winter 2021 

Woodinville, Wash. (June 18, 2019) – MainStreet Property Group LLC (www.mspgroupllc.com), a full-service Kirkland-based developer, alongside its partner HAL Real Estate along with the City of Woodinville, today announced the start of construction of The Schoolhouse District, the long-awaited transformative project in the heart of downtown Woodinville. Construction is slated to be complete by Winter 2021. This project includes the restoration and renovation of Woodinville’s Historic Schoolhouse No. 23. 

“Saving and restoring the Old Woodinville School has been a nearly 20-year effort fraught with challenges. We couldn’t be more excited to see it finally moving forward. It wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for MainStreet Property Group. They have been amazing partners in designing a project that meets our goal of not only saving the Schoolhouse but creating an amazing public space in our downtown,” said Brandon Buchanan, City of Woodinville City Manager. 

Located at 17401 133rd Ave NE, the new campus will serve as a central community gathering place that enhances the existing Woodinville character and charm. The project will include: 

  • Schoolhouse: Restored schoolhouse as a historic landmark building and new retail opportunities on the first and second floors       
  • Recreation: Renovation of 8,000 square feet of the existing YMCA, as well as the addition of 8,500 square feet of childcare space, accommodating up to 120 children        
  • Retail: Addition of 20,000 square feet of proposed retail, restaurant and commercial space. This will include “Wine Walk Row”, which will feature up to eleven wine tasting spaces along a highly-designed pedestrian east-west cross project featuring grand entrance, outdoor seating areas, extensive lighting, landscaping and public art.        
  • Residential: Creation of 260-275 multifamily residential units across two buildings, named The Class and The Chalk.         
  • Open Space and Market Street: Addition of approximately 40,000 square feet of public open space including a Market street promenade that will be used for City events.  This area will also include outdoor dining and seating, a chalkboard wall and game areas, public art and field-viewing spaces.  

“When MainStreet was selected as development partner for this project, we knew we needed to design an iconic new place within the City with the old Schoolhouse as it’s heart-beat.  The Schoolhouse District is a transformative project for Woodinville and we are excited to get moving with construction activities,” said MainStreet Property Group President Kelly Price. 

Built in 1909, Woodinville’s historic Schoolhouse No. 23 has stood empty for more than a decade. Through its restoration and additional project elements, The Schoolhouse District project will provide a first-of-its kind destination experience with modern architecture standing side-by-side with restored repurposed buildings. 

Woodinville is divided into four distinct districts: Warehouse, Hollywood, West Valley and Downtown. The Schoolhouse District adds a fifth district, with new experiences enhancing Woodinville’s existing character and charm while providing vibrant new places to eat, play, meet, celebrate and recreate. 

Project Kicks-Off City and MainStreet Public / Private Partnership

MainStreet was selected as developer partner of choice by the City of Woodinville after assembling a team of architects, engineers and historic preservation experts and submitting a winning proposal for the large civic campus project.  

“It is rare – and incredibly rewarding–  to see a project like the Schoolhouse District come together,” said HAL Real Estate President Jonathan Manheim. “Our team has been following the schoolhouse renovation for many years, and we’re excited to be working with MainStreet and the City of Woodinville to restore this historic building and create an inviting civic campus for both Woodinville residents and future visitors to enjoy.” 

MainStreet’s related company GenCap Construction Corp. is the general contractor at The Schoolhouse District. GGLO is the architect and interior designer. HAL Real Estate and MainStreet Property Group are the developers and First Western Properties (John Viacava and Angela Oliveri) are the Retail Brokers.  For more information, visit www.theschoolhousedistrict.com 

In addition to The Schoolhouse District, MainStreet has been an award-winning developer of numerous projects on the Eastside and surrounding areas.  

About MainStreet Property Group. 

MainStreet Property Group and its family of companies develops, constructs and operates remarkable residential communities and commercial spaces with the goal of delighting our customers. To do this, MainStreet encourages innovation and creativity to foster unique perspective that emphasize thoughtful, environmentally-friendly approaches. As a leading Puget Sound developer with a focus on the Eastside, MainStreet has been a meaningful leader in the revitalization efforts of downtown Bothell, Kenmore, Redmond and Sammamish, and has completed multifamily projects across the Eastside region. In addition to MainStreet Property Group, the MainStreet family of companies includes GenCap Construction Corp., a commercial general contractor (www.gencapconstruction.com) and Insite Property Solutions LLC, a property management company (www.insiteps.com). You can learn more about MainStreet Property Group LLC at: www.mspgroupllc.com. 

About HAL Real Estate (www.halrealestate.com).

HAL Real Estate Inc. is a Seattle-based real estate investment firm focused on direct and joint-venture investment opportunities across the Greater Puget Sound region. HAL has deep experience in acquisition, development and recapitalization of apartment, condominium, office, and mixed-use properties. The firm also invests in raw land, industrial and retail properties. HAL has the financial resources of a large institutional investor, but operates with the speed and flexibility of a local private investor using its own capital.   

About GenCap Construction Corp. 

Based in Kirkland, Wash., GenCap Construction Corp. (GenCap) is a commercial general contracting and construction management firm specializing in constructing large-scale mixed-use, multi-family and retail developments and tenant improvements throughout the Puget Sound. Recognized as a regional leader, GenCap takes a proactive approach to every project—with emphasis on consistent, measured growth and a desire to make a positive impact on the built environment. Recent projects include The SKY in Sammamish, The Bond in Redmond, The Junction, The Pop and The Landing in Bothell, Wash., The Flyway, LINQ Lofts + Flats, The Spencer 68 in Kenmore, Wash. http://www.gencapconstruction.com