Bothell’s revitalization taking shape

  • Written by Shannon Michael Features Writer

Phase2aCourtesy Rendering When completed, the Village at Beardslee Crossing will have 450 residential units and over 50,000 square feet of commercial space. Visitors to Bothell, and its residents, are seeing a lot of construction activity as the revitalization project area, named Bothell Landing, begins to take shape.

Bothell Landing is a suburban district that links five mini-neighborhoods together through $150 million in public investment in infrastructure including the SR 522 Crossroads Project realignment and widening of SR 527 through downtown Bothell.

That public investment has been surpassed by about $207 million in private investment to build retail, office and apartment space. Additional projects will occur in the future as more available property is sold and developed.

The mini-neighborhoods that comprise Bothell Landing east to west are called Campus, East BothellLanding, Riverfront, The Junction, and West Bothell Landing. A map outlining each of the neighborhoods can be found on

Starting in the Campus Neighborhood are projects near UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College. The Village at Beardslee Crossing is a 10-acre mixed use private development under construction that will include about 450 residential units. It will also have about 50,000 square feet of commercial space for shops, restaurants and offices, and a community plaza and park space.

Currently, two phases of the project are under construction, according to developer Steve Cox of West Ridge Land Corporation. Phase One includes 146 residential units and 4,000 square feet of commercial space. Phase Two has 158 residential units and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.  

The first phase is on track to be completed in late February or early March 2014, and the second phase should be done by July 2014. “We have half our commercial space filled, and we plan to announce who is filling those spaces in mid-August,” said Cox.

The development is seeking to fill out the commercial space with food, services, restaurant, personal and medical/dental businesses, Cox explained, also adding, “We are actively pursuing a small grocery tenant.”
The third phase, 35,000 square feet of commercial space, will begin construction in September, with projected completion in summer 2014. The fourth and final phase, comprised of 146 residential units, will also be completed next summer.

Of note, too, is the publicly funded construction of the UW Bothell Science and Academic Building, slated to be finished next spring. The building, which will be known as UWB 3, will house programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is the first building under construction on the campus in 10 years.

According to Richard Penny, vice chancellor for advancement and external relations for UW Bothell, the goal is for the campus to become a leader in the STEM disciplines of study.

“We plan to start moving into the building summer of 2014, and have students and faculty start using the building in fall 2014,” said Penny.

“The new building will give the university, which currently has about 4,000 full-time enrolled students, the ability to increase in size to 5,000 students within the next six years,” he added.

In addition to the new building, the Board of Regents just approved a new Student Activity Center, which will house student clubs and a fitness center.  It will be located next to the new sports field and is slated to open in the fall of 2014, too, according to Penny.

Closer to downtown Bothell in the East Bothell Landing area is The 104, located at 18412 – 104th Ave. NE, a 115-apartment building slated to open on September 17. It is adjacent to the Bothell Post Office.

The Junction Neighborhood, which includes the location where the old Northshore School District brick headquarters were located, has new walls going up on the new retail, business and apartment space called Six Oaks. The name comes from the six large oak trees that were preserved on the southern edge of the property.

The Six Oaks five-story community will include 203 apartments and space for three retail operations, according to Kim Faust of Main Street Property Group, LLC. Faust says the project will be completed by November 2014.

Patricia Lindsey, Kidder Matthews’ representative in charge of securing retail leases for Six Oaks, is in final negotiations for a restaurant tenant for the space in the northeast corner of the project, but she could not comment yet on who the prospective tenant will be. “There is a lot of interest in downtown Bothell,” she said, adding that she’s received a lot of inquiries on the three spaces available for development within the project.
Just to the north of that space is where McMenamins is slated to start renovation of the historic Anderson Building in August and reopen as a restaurant and hotel in August 2014.

Alex Mischke becomes Eagle Scout

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Eagle Scout Mischke Alex Mischke

“It’s the journey that counts” is the motto of Woodinville Boy Scout Troop 573.

Troop member Alex Mischke’s journey came to its conclusion earlier this year with the completion of his Eagle Scout project.

Alex’s project, a 150-foot cedar split rail fence and vineyard structure along the parking lot of 21 Acres in Woodinville, required over 280 hours of volunteer time for fundraising and construction.

Alex is grateful to all the people who helped not only on this project, but also during his 12 years of scouting adventures.

The people behind the names

  • Written by by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

Every city has a history, and Woodinville, celebrating its 20th birthday this year, is no exception. Like any other city, certain landmarks are named for prominent citizens. Here’s the back-story on the names that dot some of Woodinville’s parks, historical homes and buildings:

Wilmot Gateway Park
Wilmot Gateway Park JunePhoto courtesy of City of Woodinville Wilmot Gateway Park, named after Jerry Wilmot, is located along the Sammamish River Trail.Anyone who’s bicycled, jogged, walked or rollerbladed along the Sammamish River trail from Bothell through Woodinville to Redmond has passed through Wilmot Gateway Park. Located at 17301 – 131st Avenue NE, the Woodinville City Council unanimously voted to name the city’s first community park after Jerry Wilmot.
Wilmot moved to Woodinville in 1977 where he worked as the general manager, president and vice chairman of Molbak’s Nursery. Not only was he instrumental in improving the nursery’s success, he was very active in spearheading and chairing committees in Woodinville that helped improve NE 175th Street and adopting and implementing a beautification plan for downtown.

Wilmot also served on the Chamber of Commerce’s Land Use Committee and Woodinville Coordinating Committee to plan for Woodinville’s transition from the county to cityhood. He also was active with Woodinville Rotary and helped with the development of the Northshore YMCA.

He died in January 1995 from complications related to ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) at the age of 50. It is fitting the city’s first park was named after Wilmot who was a triathlete who loved sports and outdoor activities.

The 3.7-acre park, with its bowl-shaped sloping lawn, is home to the Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concerts in the Park and the annual Basset Bash, which have been moved to August 10 this year.

Carol Edwards Center

Carol Edwards photo by KarinStaff Photo The Carol Edwards Center is named after the woman many call the “Mother of Woodinville.”The Carol Edwards Center, located at 17401 133rd Avenue NE, is named after the woman many call the “Mother of Woodinville.” When she moved to Woodinville in June 1976, she started giving back to her new community instantly.

In November 1976, she created The Woodinville Weekly when she couldn’t readily find information about activities and events in the community. In 1978, she organized the first All Fool’s Day Parade. Then, in 1993 Edwards founded the Woodinville Community Band after placing a call for musicians in her newspaper, even though she herself wasn’t musical.

Edwards was also instrumental in founding the farmers market and wine festival, and she helped start Teen Northshore, a nonprofit organization that supported youth activities. She was also very active in the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce.

Woodinville Parks and Recreation named the Carol Edwards Center in her honor, holding a dedication ceremony in October 2007 just before Edwards passed away at age 65. Like Jerry Wilmot, Edwards also died from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Edwards’ daughter, Julie Boselly, is now The Woodinville Weekly’s publisher.

The Northshore YMCA and Northshore Senior Center use the Carol Edwards Center for recreation and activity programs available to the community throughout the year.

The DeYoung House & DeYoung Park
WHS Museum Photo July 2013Photo courtesy of Woodinville Heritage Society The DeYoung House, built in 1931, now serves as the home of the Woodinville Heritage Museum.The DeYoung House was the home of early Woodinville residents John and Ellen DeYoung. The DeYoungs moved from Kent to Woodinville in 1925 when Mr. DeYoung bought the general store in Woodinville. He went on to run several successful businesses during his career, and their granddaughter, Lucy DeYoung, was elected the city’s first mayor.

Originally built in 1931 and located on what is now NE 175th Street, the DeYoung House was moved in 1973 to 14121 NE 171st Street where it now serves as the home of the Woodinville Heritage Museum. The Dutch Colonial home was designated a city landmark in 2010.

DeYoung Park is a small park located at 13680 NE 175th Street, across from Molbak’s. It, too, was named after the DeYoung family.

Stimson Manor
Tucked in between the tall trees on the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery grounds is the historic Stimson Manor, now called the Manor House by the winery. The home belonged to lumber baron Frederick Stimson, who built it as a vacation home.

Frederick Stimson came from a family successful in the timber industry in the Great Lakes region. When timber started becoming a harder resource to come by in that area, Frederick and his brother, Charles, struck out for the Pacific Northwest, landing in the Seattle area in the late 1800s. They quickly built lumber mills and within a few years were very successful in this region, too.

Stimson gave the home its name of Stimson Manor and called his farm Hollywood Farm. He expanded the original 200-acre farm into a 600-acre enterprise where the winery now stands. Fascinated by Holstein cows, Stimson ran a state-of-the-art dairy farm for the era, eventually being recognized as one of the best dairy farms in the country.

He urged the area across the valley called Derby be renamed Hollywood, what we now know as Hollywood Hill, because he had just planted hundreds of holly trees along his driveway.

The Manor House is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered a fine example of early 20th century craftsman architecture. Today, the winery uses the home as a rental facility for smaller special events.

Ira and Susan Woodin
It all began when Ira and Susan Woodin arrived in 1871 from Seattle. Woodinville is named for the Woodins, who were the first non-Native settlers in the area.

The Woodins homesteaded on a 160-acre plot of land just north of where today’s NE Woodinville Drive is located near the intersection of Juanita-Woodinville Way NE.

Their home, which no longer exists, served through the years as the first school, church and post office as settlers continued to move into the area east of them.

Several places are named after the Woodins, including Woodin Creek and Woodin Creek Park located at 13201 NE 171st Street.

Longtime residents reflect on Woodinville’s growth

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, News Writer

“This community has always been famous for its rolling hills, unspoiled pastoral scenes, fine wines, and beautiful flowers,” reads Woodinville’s Official Incorporation Decree, adopted by the City Council on March 15, 1993.

In the 20 years since becoming a city, Woodinville has grown slowly, but many say the city is best known for the same things now as it was then: Molbak’s Garden + Home and wineries. Both draw visitors from across the country.

Molbak’s is “a very good family business,” Jim Katica, Woodinville’s finance director, said. “They’re well-known. People come from all over the U.S. to see Molbak’s.”

While Molbak’s is known for being a one-of-a-kind tradition, the wine industry has grown steadily since Woodinville became a city.

“Slowly, every year, there were two or three more wineries in Woodinville,” said Jay Soloff, a co-founding partner of DeLille Cellars, which first crushed grapes in 1992 and sold its first wines in 1994. “It’s fabulous. It’s become a destination for people all over the country.”

Bob Betz, founder of Betz Family Winery, tells a similar story. He moved to Woodinville from Seattle in 1976 to work at Chateau Ste. Michelle, and opened his own winery in 1997. He remembers that when he moved to Woodinville, it had two pizza restaurants, gas stations, a cafe and a topless bar.

“Woodinville has grown up in so many right ways,” he said. “It’s become much more aware of itself.”
Betz credits Chateau Ste. Michelle with making Woodinville a wine destination for national and international visitors.

“In the late 90s, Woodinville achieved critical mass for its wine culture,” Betz said. “To have this concentration of winery activity, I could not have predicted with my crystal ball ... It was an avalanche.”

Now, “the wine culture has attracted secondary businesses,” he said, noting that Willows Lodge and the Herbfarm Restaurant also draw visitors to Woodinville.

The downtown Woodinville shopping center, which includes Target, Top Foods, Barnes & Noble, AMC Loews Cineplex, and a host of restaurants and other stores, is a prime example of Woodinville’s development. The shopping center was built in 1997 in an area that used to be farmland, said Katica, who began working for the city in 1993 as the city clerk and city treasurer.

Katica acknowledges “there was a little bit of angst” about the shopping center.

“One side said, ‘Let’s preserve the farmlands,’” he recalled. “The other said, ‘If we’re going to have businesses, these are the kinds of businesses we want.’”

Now, the shopping center brings more people into Woodinville, Katica said.

“I didn’t realize the impact that the shopping center would have for the city,” he said. “With the development of the TRF [shopping center], people started coming to town.”

The city also developed the downtown area, Katica said, by purchasing in 1994 the property that become Wilmot Gateway Park. In 1999, the city bought the Woodinville Sports Fields and Old Woodinville Schoolhouse. In 2001, Woodinville built its city hall.

Outside of Woodinville’s developing downtown lies another important part of the city, Katica said — the industrial district, which draws workers to Woodinville.

Precor, which makes cardio and strength fitness equipment, has both its corporate offices and five factories in Woodinville’s industrial district. The city’s website lists Precor as the largest employer as of 2007-2008, and Rob Martin, a senior marketing manager for Precor, says the company now has about 460 employees in Woodinville.

Precor began in founder David Smith’s garage on Mercer Island, then moved to Redmond, Bothell and finally Woodinville in 1989, which Martin said is “an ideal location for us.”

“We moved to Woodinville because we needed more space and flexibility to fit our growing operations,” Martin explained. “Woodinville was able to offer space that has expanded into what is now five buildings just northeast of downtown.”

So what’s next for Woodinville?

Don Brocha, who served on Woodinville’s city council for 17 years, including several stints as mayor and deputy mayor, said Woodinville’s growth has been slower than he would have expected in the 1990s. But he thinks that will change soon.

“The area’s going to start growing again,” Brocha said. “How do you take that growth and make sure Woodinville’s someplace you want to live, and want to come visit?”

Similarly, Soloff spoke of Woodinville finding a way to grow without losing what makes it unique. Although he welcomes more wineries to the area and hopes to see the Woodinville Village development built, he hopes the city won’t lose the natural environment that “tells you you’re not in Seattle, Bellevue or Kirkland.”

“One of the things that makes Woodinville really attractive is the agricultural land, and I hope that doesn’t go away,” he said.

Poultry in motion

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

527 road expansion

Photo by Shannon Michael

Construction began in earnest last week to widen Bothell-Everett Highway from about 1,000 feet south of 228th Street SE south to 240th Street SE. The project, expected to take about one year to complete, will widen the busy north-south route to four lanes with a center turn lane, create bicycle lanes in both directions, install sidewalks and improve transit stops along the corridor. Visitors to Country Village will  have improved safety entering and exiting the shopping center. Above, construction workers move the iconic Country Village chicken to its new location closer to the buildings that front Country Village.