Chase Charaba, Editor-in-Chief
South Hill’s largest master-planned community, Sunrise, is expanding again. The developers are currently building two new subdivisions with more on the way in the near-future.
Sunrise, originally conceptualized as Rainier Terrace, was started in the 1980s and development is currently overseen by the Sunrise Development Corp. of Washington, part of Corliss Resources. Home construction began in the early 1990s and continues 27 years later.
According to an Aug. 13, 1990 article from The Seattle Times, Sunrise was estimated to cost $1 billion to develop. The community was originally planned with “modest” homes for the area’s blue-collar workers, but the announcement of Boeing’s intentions to “build a 600,000 square foot parts plant three miles away in Frederickson and relocate its Auburn tool-grinding plant to Pierce County,” developers changed their minds.
In The Seattle Times article, developer Dick Crowe and Rainier Ventures said the plans would bring engineers and other workers to the Puyallup area, so Sunrise added the entrance fountains and parks to attract upscale home buyers.
At the time, the article said Sunrise would ensure that South Hill would become designated as urban.
Today, the Sunrise master plan stretches from the two fountain ponds at the Sunrise Parkway entrance east to the hillside overlooking the Orting valley, south past Emerald Ridge High School and west toward Meridian Avenue East. The community totals 1,467 acres, most of which have become residential areas.
Sunrise currently has about 1,700 units comprised of single-family homes, multi-family homes, condos and townhouses. However, a completed Sunrise will have more than 4,000 units. New developments in the Sunrise area will bring the community one step closer to its master plan.
The Retreat at Sunrise is one of the new subdivisions that started construction this year. According to Pierce County Department of Planning and Land Services records, the Sept. 8, 2014 Notice of Application for the subdivision indicates that the land at 12201 Sunrise Parkway E. will subdivide “a 50.51 acre parcel into 49 single family lots with an average lot size of 9,729 square feet.” This plan also includes 11.43 acres to be set aside for wetlands.
Another new development is The Ridge at Sunrise, previously called Destiny. Construction of roads and sidewalks began in 2016 near the intersection with Sunrise Boulevard East and 122nd Avenue East.
“The Ridge is an 88-homesite community,” a representative from The Ridge said in a Facebook message. “The pricing starts in the high $400(,000s) with floor plans ranging from 2,200 square feet up to 3,800 square feet.”
The homes are being constructed by OakRidge Homes. An on-site map shows that in addition to 88 homes, there will be a new community park.
“The Ridge will have a community park with a sports court and this will be open to other Sunrise residents,” the representative said.
The South Sunrise Project was announced this year. According to a Feb. 27 community information meeting handout, the project is a mineral extraction site called the South Sunrise Mine at the end of 122nd Avenue East near Emerald Ridge High School. It will “lower the elevation of the project area by approximately 30 feet to 50 feet to allow for future residential development.”
The minerals will be extracted by Corliss Resources to the Puyallup Sand and Gravel Site off Meridian Avenue East near the former Hidden Valley landfill. The handout said that the project will move about 500,000 tons of material per year.
However, the South Sunrise mine isn’t finalized. According to an anonymous source, an application was sent to Pierce County and is currently being reviewed. A noise study, air quality study, wetlands delineation report, geological testing and a traffic report were completed before the application was submitted.
Sunrise will also be home to a few new subdivisions currently at the beginning of the permitting and application process.
The Woodlands will be a new 67-lot development near Glacier View Junior High. Recently, log trucks have been spotted leaving the area and the land is being cleared. A map of the development can be seen in the South Sunrise Project information packets.
Sunrise Development Corp. of Washington has also applied for The Crossings development that will be near The Ridge. This development will be home to 163 lots. Sunrise has also worked on a preliminary plat for a new, unnamed development behind The Ridge that will have 147 lots. These developments have not been approved by Pierce County and the construction timeline is unknown.
Current subdivisions include the Rim, North Rim, the Meadows, Cambria, Silverwood, Eagle Ridge, Savannah Ridge, Southwood Estates, Southpoint, Tanglewood, Emerald Pointe, Deer Ridge and the Arbors. The Arbors is one of the newest additions to the community, which started construction in 2014 across from Emerald Ridge.
The Emerald Pointe subdivision is also still being built with a mix of single-family homes and townhouses.
These new developments in the Sunrise community of South Hill are a sign of the rising housing market in the Seattle area and the overall trend of growth in the South Hill region, which doesn’t show any sign of stopping soon.
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