Woodinville: The city changes and grows
The City of Woodinville has been striving to promote tourism, and creating a tourist district overlay for the downtown and valley areas, including the wineries and the brewery. The City also recently began funding the Chamber of Commerce for bringing more tourists and visitors to spend money and see the sights in the area.
A new shopping center to be constructed on 44 acres in the downtown will also prove to be a strong draw in 1996 as the TRF-Pacific project is working through its environmental impact analyses. The proposed "Woodinville Retail Center" will have a grocery store, a junior department store, like Mervyn's or Target, a 10-screen movie theater, small shops along NE 175th Street, and pocket parks.
Two new roads will also be constructed through the project to help with the city's north-south traffic problems.
Canterbury Square purchased by tenants
In what was a monumental achievement, the tenants of Canterbury Square Mobile Home Park, mostly retired citizens, fought the prospect of the park's rezone and eventual sale and instead became its owners.
The Canterbury Criers Association first mounted a legal battle against the rezone of the park, suing the city and park owners Al and Donna DeYoung. Their efforts resulted in an offer to settle if the tenants could purchase the park.
Led by 75-year-old George Scrimshaw, the tenants secured backing from Seafirst Bank and raised the $7.6 million to buy Canterbury Square.
New Civic Center in the works could act as focal point for area
The City and region have a unique opportunity with the C. O. Sorenson site, as the Northshore School district has declared it surplus. A select group of area residents, business owners and community leaders spent the end of 1995 meeting to determine whether the Sorenson site would serve as a focal point for the city and a community civic center.
Different proposed uses for the Civic Center have included a performing arts center, restoration of the Old Woodinville Schoolhouse serving as the center of government, and an historical museum. Teen and Senior activities, housing for the Chamber of Commerce, and access to the Jerry Wilmot Green Gateway Park are also in the preliminary plan.
The response to the proposed project has been overwhelmingly positive, and the beginning of 1996 will see the second public meeting conducted by the committee, set for Jan. 9 in the Council Chambers.
New Community Police
A new twist and a groundbreaking shift mark the City of Woodinville's new community police contract with King County. Woodinville community police officers will have their own navy blue uniforms identifying them as Woodinville Officers, and Woodinville specific police cruisers.
New City Councilmembers, new Mayor
Charter councilmember Mark Jessup chose not to seek re-election, leaving a vacuum on the council that led to a close race in November. Incumbents Marsha Engel and Bob Dixon were also up for re-election.
Dixon lost his bid to Scott Hageman, an educator with the Lake Washington School District and a bicycle and park enthusiast.
The other two races for city council were the closest in King County, and weren't decided until two weeks after the election. Barbara Solberg faced Walter Backstrom, beating him by a scant six votes after the recounts.
The other race pitted Engel against challenger Carol Bogue, with Engel winning by a mere four votes after the recounts.
Mayor Lucy DeYoung's two-year stint as Woodinville's mayor ended in 1995. The council will elect the city's new mayor and deputy mayor Jan. 2, 1996.
New city park in the works
The Jerry Wilmot Green Gateway Park is at the end of its master planning phase and could see ground-breaking in 1996.
The park, located behind the AM-PM Minimart and Jack in the Box, is the product of some creative blurring of property lines, as the city and the county worked out an agreement to combine their land for a more significant downtown park.
The park is to have three raised-bed gardens, latticed picnic areas, a play area, and a bowl-shaped lawn leading down to the edge of the Sammamish River, creating a small amphitheater for outdoor performances.
The bike trail, which goes through the park, will split, with one arm winding through the park near the gardens and the other a straight shot through the park near the water's edge.
The question of Grace
The City of Woodinville filed an appeal of Snohomish County's comprehensive plan because of its "urban reserve" designation for the Grace industrial area.
Grace is within the City's planning area, and councilmembers have shown their intention at investigating and pursuing annexation of the area.
New Community College, U.W. branch campus
The Cascadia Community College and University of Washington Branch Campus issued its final environmental impact statement, which was approved by the Higher Education Board in September 1995. The 127-acre site has been heralded as a precedent-setting project in its effort to return North Creek to its floodplain.
The project is currently in the master planning phase and the developer will be applying for several sets of permits for wetlands, planned units and shoreline building in early 1996.
The co-located colleges will serve 10,000 full-time students and have 4,200 to 6,600 parking spaces at full buildout no earlier than 2012. Construction of Phase I is set for 1998-1999.
Toll Roads given thumbs down
A proposed toll to finance construction of the dangerous stretch of SR-522 between Woodinville and Monroe was defeated by citizen opposition, and the concept of Public-Private Initiatives went back to the drawing board.
Meanwhile, accidents continued to take lives and damage property on SR-522 as well as on other local roads, including Woodinville-Duvall Road, where two deaths occurred as a result of vehicle crashes.
Bear Creek Basin Plan adopted
King County Councilmember Louise Miller's work to amend the Bear Creek Basin Plan took three years, but Bear Creek now has larger stream buffers and stricter clearing restrictions to protect the salmon.
The Blakely Ridge Urban Planned Development
Area residents turned out in force to oppose the Blakely Ridge urban planned development (UPD), participating in 90 hours of testimony and filing appeals against King County and the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearing Board.
Blakely Ridge, to be built on property owned by Port Blakely Tree Farms, would put an age-restricted, 2,250-unit, 18-hole golf course and retail center on 1,050 acres north of Novelty Hill Road in the Bear Creek area.
The Blakely Ridge UPD received approval by the King County Council at the closing of 1995, though King County has yet to respond to the Hearing Board's order remanding the county to delete, change or justify the "urban island" on Novelty Hill.
Also in the possible near future are appeals to the Superior Court by the Coalition for Public Trust (CPT), an organization that came out of the many groups opposing the UPDs. CPT was formed to hold elected representatives accountable to their constituents, and are considering suing the County for its decision to approve Blakely Ridge.
Still in the works is the Northridge UPD, located south of Novelty Hill Road.Northridge would put 1,300 to 1,500 units on 1,046 acres, approximately 1,200 of which would be single-family residential housing and 300 multi-family at 3-10 dwelling units per acre. About 30 percent is described as affordable housing.
A retail center would be built on the site adjacent to Novelty Hill Road, and 58 percent of the 1,046 acres is to be open space. The Northridge property is owned by Quadrant Corporation, a division of Weyerhaeuser.
Efforts to save Cottage Lake
Residents of Cottage Lake area are looking at ways to save the dying lake. The Friends of Cottage Lake are looking at the possibility of creating a Lake Management District which would collect money to fund the lake cleanup effort and work towards cutting the phosphorus loading it experiences.
The Field of Dreams Project
Area residents and business and community leaders have been working diligently for more than a year to bring the Field of Dreams project to fruition. The 60-acre site is located on the northeast corner of Woodinville-Duvall Road and 171st Ave. N.E.
King County is currently appraising the properties, and may provide funding for the purchase of the park in the future through a parks and recreation bond issue planned to be presented to King County voters in Fall 1996.