Opinion

Editorial

Congratulations, Canterbury Square owners

Canterbury Square This week was an historic one in Woodinville with the purchase of the Canterbury Square Mobile Home Park by its tenants.
    Congratulations to George Scrimshaw, the Canterbury Square tenant who had the vision and perserverance to lead the residents and the lending institutions to a creative solution to their dilemna.
    Twenty months ago, residents learned the owners of the park, Al and Donna DeYoung, planned to sell it for commercial use.
    An uphill battle ensued that included protests to Woodinville City Hall, lawsuits challenging the rezone, and rulings that allowed the residents to have first right of refusal on the purchase.
    The Woodinville community came to the support of the Canterbury residents in the form of money and volunteer time.
    The owner of the 175th Street Station provided space for the residents to meet. J&L Used Furniture provided the furniture for the space.
    King County Housing stepped up to the plate, as did Seafirst Bank, both locally and downtown, with expertise, a plan for manufactured home condominium purchases, and loans.
    The effort was community and business collaboration at its best.
    We congratulate all people involved and hope that their successful effort inspires further cooperation in other community endeavors.