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Council chooses retail market over co-working center for old Woodinville schoolhouse

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

After years of discussions about renovating the old Woodinville schoolhouse on NE 175th Street, the Woodinville City Council picked a concept and a developer for a public-private partnership at last week’s meeting.

The city’s request for proposals in June turned up two proposals, both of which the council and city staff praised. Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to start negotiations with Wilcox Construction, which proposes turning the schoolhouse into a retail market with a brew pub as an anchor tenant, small retail shops and a central gathering area.
Wilcox’s proposal, which will be privately financed, involves a seismic retrofit of the whole building, reconfiguration of the interior and maintaining the exterior facade.

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Redmond opens new bike park to replace informal biking spot

  • Written by Emily Hamann, Features Writer

Redmond Mayor John Marchione declared Sept. 6 Redmond Bike Park Day this year, as a new bike park opened its gates. The day started with a workshop on how to ride the new dirt jumps, and followed with the ribbon cutting, barbeque and, of course, lots of bike riding.

The park was built by volunteers over the summer and is made up of dirt jumps, trails and features for BMX and mountain bike riders. The park replaced the unsanctioned jumps that cyclists have been building on that site just south of Hartman Park in the forest for decades.

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14 multi-unit mailboxes in Woodinville broken into in two weeks

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman

Mail thieves have hit Woodinville hard, breaking into 14 multi-unit mailboxes in two weeks, according to the Post Office. But since some or all of the suspects were caught on Sept. 19, there have been no more break-ins as of press time, Woodinville Postmaster Tim Laurence said.

“It’s unheard of to have this many in such a short period of time,” Laurence said. Normally, they only see one or two break-ins like this in a year.

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Duvall schools locked down due to shooting threat

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, shortly after 10 a.m., the Duvall Police Department received a phone call from an unknown person. The person claimed to be someone they were not. The caller went on to describe several weapons, and claimed they would go to Cherry Valley Elementary to shoot people.

Police responded to Cherry Valley Elementary, the school was placed on lockdown, and officers investigated the threats. Cedarcrest High School and Eagle Rock Elementary were also placed on lockdowns as precautionary measures.

As a result of the police investigation, it was determined that the call was a hoax. The call was placed from a phone number that is known to be associated with other previous, false threats. The act of using the 911 system to make threats that initiate a major police response is commonly known as “swatting.”

All the parties named in the threatening call were contacted, and police are investigating the identity of the suspect. Once police were satisfied through their investigation that it was a swatting incident and no students or staff was at risk, all schools were taken off lockdown at 10:40 a.m.

Reminder: First round of Metro bus cuts began Sept. 27

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Metro’s first round of unprecedented service cuts went into effect Sept. 27, and riders are strongly encouraged to learn about changes to dozens of routes and make alternate travel plans as needed.

Services were canceled on 28 routes and reduced or revised on another 13 routes. As a result, riders will see about 250 closed bus stops, nearly 1,200 changed bus stop signs and 800 posted rider alerts.

Summary information for riders is available in orange Rider Alert brochures on buses and at transit information hubs, as well as on the Metro website.

By entering a date after Sept. 27 in Metro’s online trip planner (tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/hiwire?.a=iTripPlanning), riders can see what alternatives are available as routes are canceled or revised. New orange timetables also are available.
Metro customer service is providing trip planning help at (206) 553-3000.

In addition to cuts this month, further rounds of service cuts are proposed for February 2015 and March 2016, with three rounds totaling 400,000 service hours – a newly reduced figure thanks to efforts at reforms and cost efficiencies.
Find out more about the Sept. 27 service changes at metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/service-cuts.html#201409.