Getting a grocery store like Trader Joe’s in the new Woodin Creek Village development is unlikely to happen after the City Council last week voted 2-4 against increasing the size of specialty food stores allowed in certain parts of the city. The proposed ordinance would have changed the size limit for specialty food stores from 10,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet in parts of downtown — the pedestrian core design district and civic/gateway design district. This includes, roughly, the area south of Little Bear Creek Parkway, east of SR 202 and north of NE 171st Street, with the eastern boundary falling between 135th Avenue NE and Garden Way NE.
WHAT’S AHEAD: PSE will be starting the first phase of construction on July 15 to ensure we can provide a reliable supply of natural gas to our customers. We’ll be hosting an open house on Thursday, July 9, at the Woodinville library from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. to talk with neighbors about the work that’s going to be done, and answer any questions they might have.
BACKGROUND: PSE is installing a 2.8-mile, 16-inch natural gas pipeline along an existing utility corridor between Mink Road Northeast and 155th Avenue Northeast. It will reinforce the natural gas system that provides service to more than 27,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland and northeast unincorporated King County. An existing 8-inch high pressure natural gas line in the area is nearing its capacity limits during cold winter days when customers use more energy to stay warm.
WHY NOW: We’re doing the work during the summer when the soil conditions are dry so it can be done as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. To avoid stream and fishery impacts, summer months are appropriate timing to allow construction in the area. We’d also like the work to be completed before cold weather moves in and the demand for natural gas begins to increase. Construction is expected to last through October. TRAIL IMPACT: During daytime construction, we will need to limit access at various locations along the Tolt corridor between Mink Road Northeast and 155th Avenue Northeast. Work will be underway Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on Saturdays, the hours of trail closure will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. We understand this will be an inconvenience. To minimize any confusion, we will communicate work locations, update schedules and pass along progress reports with the community throughout our construction efforts so residents can plan their route along the corridor. The construction areas will be fenced and secured, and the corridor will be re-opened each night for use. We plan to leave the trail in better shape than we found it.
GET TEXT UPDATES: To stay in the know, text TOLT16 to 555-888 to sign up to receive regular construction updates. Standard message rates apply, and you can text STOP at any time to unsubscribe from the texts.
MORE DETAILS: A lot more information can be found at pse.com/toltnatgas.
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