Developer: Patterson Crossing coming soon
The Journal News
January 3, 2008
PATTERSON - Developer Paul Camarda sees 2008 as
the year construction starts on Patterson Crossing,
his large retail center planned for the Kent-Patterson
Camarda made a similar prediction last January about
2007. However, the new year finds him possibly just
some last touches away from an approved, final environmental
study for the shopping center. In addition, Camarda
and the Kent Planning Board have settled their financial
differences when it comes to funding that town's
review of the project.
But neighbors still see the proposed shopping center,
which will sit next to Kent's Lake Carmel neighborhood,
as too large, too much of a threat to the lake's
health and a producer of too much traffic for the
area's roads - among other factors.
"I'm within 500 feet of it. You don't have
to put it in my backyard," said Joan Castiner
of Kent, who is worried blasting on the nearby 90
acres will endanger the neighborhood.
Camarda unveiled his proposed shopping center in
2004, which he's now shrunk from 439,500 to 374,000
square feet of retail space. Retailers for the site
off Route 311 near Interstate 84 are said to include
a Lowe's home improvement store and a Costco warehouse
The Patterson Planning Board, which is leading the
environmental review, in November rejected his final
environmental study as incomplete and is awaiting
"There wasn't anything major, a lot of little
issues," Patterson Town Planner Rich Williams
Many, Williams said, were requests for better explanations
from Camarda and his consultants.
For example, Williams said, the final study said
residents within 500 feet would be notified prior
to any blasting. The Patterson Planning Board wanted
to know why that figure wasn't 1,000 feet or even
Camarda said yesterday that he was "following
the (review) process in a diligent and meticulous
"It is our intention to not only meet but also
exceed the environmental regulations," he said. "This
is evidenced by our extraordinary efforts to improve
the water quality in Lake Carmel. We are committed
to doing this project right."
He has promised storm drains and other measures
to improve the lake's health - efforts at which lake
advocates have scoffed.
Once the additional information is received and
the Patterson board deems the study complete, other
agencies, such as the county health department, and
the public can examine the document. Meanwhile, the
Kent Planning Board is ready to review the proposal,
especially the parts in its town: one building, the
entrance road and several ponds that will collect
melting snow and rain running off the property.
The Kent board last month received an additional
$7,500 from the developer, bringing the total amount
Camarda has given the town to pay its consultants
The Kent board will take up the matter at its workshop
tonight and its regular meeting next week.
"It will be a long and thorough process," Planning
Board Chairman Arthur Singer said.