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SEPTEMBER 29, 1997

Local News

Northshore purchases option on bus barn site

  by Andrew Walgamott
   WOODINVILLE--Last week, the Northshore School District Board purchased on option to buy more than 16 acres of undeveloped property near Fitz Auto Parts for a proposed 85,000 square-foot bus barn.
   Full asking price for the parcel, which is known as Waterman's Sandlot after the owners, is $2,007,441. The district's purchase option is good until November 17, 1997. "We expect to act within that time frame," Holly Burlingame, Capital Projects Budget Coordinator said.
   Northshore will house and maintain all buses at the location which is in the 22200 block of State Route 9. Preliminary plans call for bus and automobile parking for 180 full-size buses, 46 smaller buses and 237 cars. A 31-foot tall maintenance facility would be built as well as adjoining offices.
   District officials have said the property offered good access to freeways via SR 9. A traffic signal will be erected at 228th St. S.E. and SR 9, Burlingame said. A neighbor of the project has called it a "monstrosity" and expressed concerns that runoff would affect Little Bear Creek.
   Before final purchase, Burlingame said studies would be done to make sure the property meets district needs. Northshore has until Dec. 31, 1998 to vacate their Bothell bus yard per an agreement with the city when the original was built.