Saint Edward Planning - Seminary

Seminary Building with people walking up to it

Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning process.

Commission Meeting in Kenmore

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have two special meetings in January, the first to hear public comments on the proposed 62-year lease of the Seminary and the second to take action to authorize the State Parks director to execute the exchange and lease agreements with Daniels Real Estate of Seattle.

The first meeting of the Commission will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 5th. The Commission will hold the meeting at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028.   This meeting will begin with an executive session, after which the public meeting will commence.  If you want to provide comment regarding the item please send it to before 5 p.m. January 4.

To ensure commissioners have adequate time to contemplate public comments and information from the environmental review process, and to comply with State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements, the Commission will make its decision on the Seminary building in a telephone meeting on Monday, January 9th at 9:00 a.m.The public is invited to State Parks headquarters, where the conference call will be held in the Moran Room at 1111 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98504. As an alternative, the public is invited to listen to the Commission’s deliberation by phone in the Kenmore City Council Chambers located at 18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore. The Commission will not be taking public testimony at this meeting.  

Current Proposal

Daniels Real Estate desires to lease the Seminary and adaptively reuse it as a lodge. If realized, the investment would open the entire building for public use for the first time in its 90-year history. Improvements include overnight accommodations, spa and fitness facilities, conference center, restaurant, and additional underground parking. The pool and gymnasium buildings would also be leased, but there are no current plans for them on the horizon.

In addition to a revitalized, productive Seminary building, State Parks would acquire the 9.77-acre McDonald property in fee from Daniels Real Estate in exchange for rent.  Acquisition of the property, which presently possesses no physical access, is located within the park’s long-term boundary. Acquisition would preserve habitat and solve a trespass problem, as the existing North Trail is partially aligned on the McDonald property today.   

Background Information

In the current project, State Parks would acquire a 9.77-acre property known as the McDonald property (Parcel number 1426049014) while Daniels Real Estate will lease and develop a 5.5 acre area. The project is:  
  • Expand the overall footprint of the park with the acquisition of the McDonald property. The land is contiguous with the park and includes 450-feet of shoreline on Lake Washington.
  • Facilitate rehabilitation of the Saint Edward Seminary for use as a hotel. In addition, Daniels Real Estate would lease the pool and gymnasium buildings.
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Built in 1931, the Saint Edward Seminary Building is a significant historical structure and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The seminary structure and associated landscape are part of a collection of 700 historic structures and sites managed and cared for by Washington State Parks.

Aging Seminary needs rehabilitation
The aging Seminary building has been in a state of disrepair for years. Rehabilitation would require resources well beyond State Parks' means. 

At its regular meeting on September 2014, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission directed staff to explore the possibility of rehabilitating the building. (download the agenda and minutes. Action item on the Seminary building begins on page 101.) Previously, in 2013, the Commission also adopted a resolution to authorize  the Director of State Parks to "explore partnerships with other public and private sector entities for the purpose of rehabilitating the Saint Edward Seminary building". In addition, the Commission will consider the results of Commerce study and consider time extension of the Daniels Real Estate proposal.

Contact Information:

Project Leads: Michael Hankinson, Planner 
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Phone: (360) 902-8671
P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650

January 2017 Commission Meeting Documents

Related Documents

SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act)

The Final Environmental Impact Statement and the addendum for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Lodge at Saint Edward Project File No. CSP16-0077 can be found on the City of Kenmore's webpage It is the final file under Project Documents, called Final Environmental Impact Statement.