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Zenith Properties Building Demolition Application

Updated February 2, 2024

Public comment period on the Draft Environment Impact Statement (Draft EIS) is open until 4:30 p.m. on March 8, 2024

As of January 9, the Draft EIS for the Zenith Properties Building Demolition Application is available for public comment. Agencies, tribes, and the public are invited and encouraged to review and comment on the alternatives, probable significant adverse impacts, mitigation measures, and licenses or other approvals that may be required. This public comment period will end on March 8, at 4:30 p.m.

How to comment

Comments may be submitted via the following methods:

ONLINE: click here to submit your comment via the online portal. 

City of Des Moines
Attn: SEPA Official (LUA2019-0032)
21630 11th Ave S, Suite D
Des Moines WA 98198

VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING:  A virtual public meeting was held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 6 p.m. to receive verbal comments on the Draft EIS from the public and interested parties.

The meeting began at 6 p.m. with a brief presentation about the draft EIS, followed by public comments. A court reporter attended to transcribe comments. All comments were recorded and become part of the public record. The meeting ended when the last comment was made.

Meeting Presentation
Meeting Video
Meeting Transcript

How to access the Draft EIS


HARD COPIES of the Draft EIS are available to view at the following locations:

City Hall*
21630 11th Ave S, Suite D
Des Moines, WA 98198
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
* Copies can be purchased for the cost of printing.

Des Moines Public Library
21620 11th Avenue S
Des Moines, WA 98198
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Woodmont Public Library
26809 Pacific Highway S
Des Moines, WA 98198
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday (closed Sunday).

Updated November 9, 2023:

The City and consultant team are in the middle of the SEPA process and getting ready to issue a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the Zenith Properties permit application. Public notice will be provided when the Draft EIS is issued and there will be an opportunity for public comment and engagement at that time.

The Des Moines City Council has been previously advised by the City Attorney that they will have a quasi-judicial role to review future permit applications submitted by the property owner related to the Zenith property. As such, the City Council must refrain from engaging in ex parte communications or any other actions that may implicate the duty of government decision makers to conduct hearings in a way that is fair and unbiased in both appearance and fact. As a result, individual Councilmembers cannot respond to related emails.

Updated September 26, 2022


Zenith Properties has applied for a demolition permit to remove all structures of the former Masonic Home/Landmark on the Sound property located at 23660 Marine View Drive South in Des Moines.

Pursuant to chapter 16.05 DMMC and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the City of Des Moines determined that Zenith Properties LLC’s proposed action requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action, analyze alternatives, and propose possible mitigation measures.

Learn more about the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and public commenting here.

Application Objectives

Zenith has indicated that they have five objectives for their proposed action:

  • Demolish the existing structures on the property
  • Remove on-site unsafe conditions/potential hazards due to existing structural conditions
  • Prevent further trespassing within the existing structures
  • Prevent further vandalism to the existing structures
  • Prevent further graffiti to the existing structures


Demolition Alternative
This Alternative assumes demolition of all existing structures and vacant buildings on site, including the main building (approximately 129,680 SF), infirmary wing and addition (approximately 18,982 SF), a residential structure (approximately 10,000 SF) at the southeast corner of the site, two maintenance buildings (each approximately 2,500 SF), the onsite water tower, an outdoor kitchen, patio and outhouse, and the fountain and associated landscape elements. Additional work would include removing existing building foundations and utilities, including water, sewer, and gas.

Historic Preservation and Potential Future Adaptive Reuse Alternative
This Alternative assumes that Zenith preserves and structurally stabilizes the existing structures on site and in a condition that may allow for potential future adaptive reuse. The components of the structural stabilization include foundations, structural, roofing, and exterior envelope, as well as a reasonable evaluation of the viability of applying preservation strategies to the structures, including a cost-benefit analysis that incorporates reasonably available historic preservation program and tax incentives. However, no specific potential future uses are proposed as part of the Alternative.

No Action Alternative

As required by SEPA, the EIS will evaluate a No Action Alternative. The No Action Alternative serves as the baseline condition for comparison with the other Alternatives and describes impacts if the proposed action does not proceed. There would be a continuation of existing site conditions, including retention of the existing structures as vacant and unutilized.

Elements for Analysis

SEPA requires that an EIS focus only on areas of probable significant impact. The City has preliminarily identified one element of the environment for analysis in the EIS:

  • Historic and Cultural Resources (including above ground and below ground historic and cultural resources)

The scoping process may identify additional elements and/or revise the alternatives to be analyzed in the EIS. Additional opportunities for public comment will be available once the draft EIS is prepared and issued.

Public Involvement

There are opportunities for public comment at the scoping and draft EIS stages in the development of the EIS. The City accepts comments in writing or verbally at a public meeting during the specified comment period.

Scoping is the first step in the EIS process and includes a public comment period to gather input about the main topics and considerations that should be examined in the EIS. The purpose of scoping is to determine the range, or “scope,” of issues to study in the EIS. The City is notifying the public of the intent to prepare an EIS so that agencies, tribes, communities, organizations, and members of the public have an opportunity to comment on the scope of the impacts and alternatives to be analyzed.

The City completed the scoping phase of the EIS process from May 3, 2022 through June 2, 2022. Due to an error in noticing the project has been re-noticed and a second scoping period was provided from July 27, 2022 through August 25, 2022. All scoping comments received during these comment periods will be documented in the public record.


The next step in the EIS process will be the production of a Draft EIS. Following the review of the scoping comments the City, with consultant assistance, will develop a draft EIS document for public review at a future date. More opportunities for public comment will be available during the Draft EIS comment period. No decision will be made on the application until the completion of the EIS process.

Prior Information

July 27 - August 25, 2022 Scoping Documents and Information:

  • City of Des Moines has Re-noticed the SEPA Determination of Significance and Scoping Comment Period for the Zenith Properties’ Demolition Application

  • On July 27, 2022, the City of Des Moines Re-Noticed the SEPA Determination of Significance for Zenith Properties LLC’s application for a demolition permit (LUA2019-0032) for its property at 23660 Marine View Drive S. The 30-day public comment period on scoping for the Environmental Impact Statement began on July 27, 2022 and ended on August 25, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Virtual Public Scoping Meeting: A virtual Public EIS Scoping Meeting was held August 15, 2022 at 6 p.m. The meeting included a short presentation about the proposal, the SEPA process and how to provide comment. Public comments were received after the presentation. Links to the presentation and meeting video are provided below. The meeting transcript will be posted as soon as it is available.

Meeting Recording

• On May 3, 2022, the City of Des Moines issued a SEPA Determination of Significance regarding Zenith Properties LLC’s application for a demolition permit (LUA2019-0032) for its property at 23660 Marine View Drive S.

• The City accepted comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement from May 3 to June 2, 2022.

• The City hosted a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. PST. A recording of the meeting is included below.

Meeting Recording


Please submit questions to the City’s SEPA Official at [email protected]

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Accessibility and Accommodations

Please contact the City Clerk at 206-870-6519 or [email protected] for special accommodations, translation, or interpretation.

Zenith Properties ha solicitado un permiso de demolición a la ciudad de Des Moines para las antiguas estructuras de Masonic Home (antes Landmark on the Sound) ubicadas en 23660 Marine View Drive S. Lo invitamos a comentar sobre el proceso de revisión medioambiental. Comuníquese con el secretario municipal al 206-870-6519 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected] para recibir adaptaciones especiales y servicios de traducción o interpretación.

Zenith Properties 已向 Des Moines 市申請了針對前共濟會之家 (Masonic Home)(Sound 地區的前地標建築)的拆除許可,該建築位於 23660 Marine View Drive S。誠邀您就環境審查流程給予意見。 請撥打電話 206-870-6519 或傳送電郵至 [email protected] 聯絡市辦事員,獲取便利措施、翻譯或傳譯服務。

Zenith Properties đã nộp đơn xin cấp giấy phép phá dỡ của Thành Phố Des Moines cho công trình Masonic Home cũ (trước đây là Địa Danh trên Eo Biển (Landmark on the Sound)) có địa chỉ tại 23660 Marine View Drive S. Xin mời quý vị góp ý cho quy trình đánh giá tác động môi trường. Xin liên lạc với Lục Sự Thành Phố theo số 206-870-6519 hoặc qua thư điện tử [email protected] nếu cần được hỗ trợ đặc biệt, dịch thuật hoặc thông dịch.