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Civic Center community forum next week

civic center Residents living in the Woodinville zip code area 98072 are invited to a meeting next Tuesday to view and comment on the concept for a Woodinville civic and community center utilizing the Sorenson/Woodinville School site and adjacent acreage.
   The Dec. 19 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the council chambers behind Woodinville City Hall, 13203 NE 175th St., and is open to all citizens in King and Snohomish counties with 98072 zip codes.
   "We're anxious to hear what you think about our proposal for a center in the heart of the city," said Larry Chime, chairman of the 25-member Citizens' Advisory Panel (CAP) which formulated the plan.
   The CAP hopes the proposed center would serve as a visual focus in re-establishing the early 1900s image of Woodinville, when the original schoolhouse on the site was the center of community activities.
   The plan the CAP has put together includes a historical museum, performing arts center, senior citizen and youth facilities, city administrative offices, expanded recreational uses, Chamber of Commerce office and community meeting rooms.
   "Retention of the existing Woodinville School structure is pivotal to our plan," Chime emphasized. "The history associated with the school building and its downtown location makes it a perfect focus for a civic/community center."
   The complex also would include off-street parking for more than 250 vehicles, a pedestrian mall and walkways accessible to the nearby trail system and Jerry Wilmot Green Gateway Park.
   If additional land is acquired later, the CAP envisions a permanent site for a farmers' market.
   The CAP members, appointed by the Woodinville City Council, come from neighborhoods throughout the greater Woodinville area, belong to community and youth groups, PTAs, homeowners associations, local churches and businesses.
   In formulating plans for a civic/community center, the CAP is working with consultants hired by the city: project manager Jim Granger, architects Carl Easters and Curt Kittle, and landscape architect Jane Garrison.