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Bothell Council approves campus preliminary PUD

preliminary PUD by Jeff Switzer
BOTHELL--The Bothell City Council last week approved 7-0 an amended version of the hearing examiner's recommendation to approve the preliminary planned unit development (PUD) permit for the collocated University of Washington Bothell Branch/Cascadia Community College Campus.
   NBBJ, the same architectural firm that will work on the future downtown Seattle baseball stadium, served as consultants for the 127-acre campus project for the Higher Education Coordinating Board and gave a presentation to the council prior to taking public testimony.
   Only two residents spoke during this hearing, one former Bothell Mayor Paul Cowles, who heartily endorsed the project. "It's time for me to stop attending meetings and time for my kids to start attending classes," Cowles told the council.
   The other resident who spoke expressed concern about the proposed four-story parking garage at the south of the site, noting it will be located right at the sign that says: "Welcome to Bothell: For a day or a lifetime."
   "I'm asking that the parking garage have some kind of landscaping on the structure," said Sandy Quinn. The main parking facility would be built at the south entrance of the campus and would be five to five-and-one-half levels, stepping into the hillside, measuring about four stories in height.

The council's amendments
   Bothell City Councilmembers offered several amendments to the hearing examiner's recommendation to approve the preliminary PUD for the project.
   The council approved an amendment by Councilmember Wendy Brady which would prevent construction vehicles from parking on residential side streets, as well as gaining access to the site through them.
   The council also approved an amendment making the approval of the preliminary PUD permit contingent upon gaining ownership of all of the parcels; one property owner to the south has not signed on with the Truly Farms/Stringtown property sellers. Assistant City Attorney Greg Rubsteelo told the council that the state's power of eminent domain on the project should be sufficient to bring the property under ownership.
   Councilmember Terry Olsen successfully moved that the hours of site work construction within 300 feet of the western boundary should be allowed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Current City code allows construction from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

About the campus
   Answering the call for more opportunities in higher education for residents of north King County and south Snohomish County, the campus will be collocated on the 127-acre Truly Farms-Stringtown site, west of I-405, north of SR-522, and south of Beardslee Boulevard.
   The total project will be built in three phases, with full build-out in the year 2010 to 2012, serving the equivalent of 10,000 full-time students, approximately 20,000, including faculty and staff.
   A total of six campus buildings will house the classrooms and labs on the new campus, and a four-story library will dominate the site in a central location, with all other campus buildings either two or three stories.
   The campus plan also features a theater, and parking is located on the outer edge of the site to create a "contiguous academic campus landscape unobscured by pedestrian/vehicular conflicts."
   Planning for the first phase of the project is expected to begin in March, with construction planned for 1998 to 1999.