|City comments on Woodinville Village project|
|Written by Briana Gerdeman, Contributing Writer|
|Monday, 01 July 2013 12:43|
A lawsuit by the city of Woodinville against a mixed-use wine village development confirmed that the development can proceed with construction, but the legal battles may not be over.
“There’s a legal process to go through, and it’s not complete yet,” Woodinville City Manager Richard Leahy said, but declined to comment on whether the city would appeal the decision.
The development, called Woodinville Village, would feature several local wineries, restaurants, shopping, a day spa, a health club, a hotel and more. Villas have already been built as part of the village.
When the original developer, MJR, put the project on hold, a new developer, Legacy Commercial, bought the note from the bank to continue with the same project. The city of Woodinville filed a lawsuit seeking reimbursement from the developer for frontage improvements, such as roundabouts, curbs and gutters, that the city paid for in the area bordering Woodinville Village. But King County Superior Court dismissed the city’s claims.
Councilmember Paulette Bauman said she wants the development to happen, but the city should be paid back for infrastructure improvements, such as roundabouts, before the new developer continues with the project.
“We would love to see the original development go through,” Bauman said, but the city deserves to be compensated for the “great deal of taxpayer money” it spent.
Councilmember Susan Boundy-Sanders said she could not comment on ongoing litigation, but that the city remains supportive of the existing development agreement.