JUNE 23, 1997
Cross Valley installs pipe into Grace, Maltby
by Andrew Walgamott
A Cross Valley Water District water main project which began last week will bring water and sewer service to the Maltby Urban Growth Area when completed. Residents and lots near where pipe is installed could potentially hook up for water and sewer service as well, according to Cross Valley Water District General Manager Gary Hajek. The project will also provide the Maltby and Grace industrial area with 4,000 gallons of water per minute for fire fighting.
Currently crews are laying pipe along 240th Street SE and will snake a line past the Wellington Hills Golf Course to connect with pipes advancing down 75th Avenue SE. 240th St. SE (known locally as Golf Course Road) will be closed while crews work in the area. Detours are signed. More than 30,000 feet of pipe will be installed during the project which includes running line along 227th Avenue SE to State Route 522 and into the area north of Maltby Road, according to Hajek.
Cross Valley will also assume water service for businesses served in Grace, such as Spectrum Glass and Fitz Auto Parts, as well as the golf course, which were served by the Woodinville Water District, according to Ken Pick at the Woodinville Water District.
According to Hajek, the water district was approached by property owners in the industrial owners in 1993 to extend water lines into that area. He also said that it had been in the district's comprehensive plan to put water lines in the area since 1989. There has been concern that the water line could bring development to the golf course.
The University of Washington, which owns the golf course, wants to hold onto the property for consideration of a spin-off campus from the UW/Cascadia project planned for Bothell's Truly Farm, according to Property Manager Doyle Douglas. But under Senate Substitute Bill 6063, signed by Gov. Gary Locke, the property may be sold. The UW is asking for reconsideration, according to Douglas.
Currently, the golf course and surrounding residential area is zoned R-5 (rural, five acre minimum lot size), according to Snohomish County Land Development Coordinator Mary Overholser. The zoning allows for single family housing and duplexes, or two dwelling units in one building, according to Overholser.