May 25, 1998
Andrew Walgamott/staff photos
Bothell Mayor Debbie Treen was joined by David Habura, president of Cascadia Community College and Norman Rose, UW/Bothell Dean (pictured below) in unfurling a banner welcoming both schools to town.
by Andrew Walgamott
BOTHELL--Last week, Bothell began celebrating the arrival of the University of Washington and Cascadia Community College. Mayor Debbie Treen was joined by UW/Bothell Dean Norman Rose and Cascadia President David Habura last Friday morning to unfurl a banner across Main Street. "This is a momentous event in Bothell's history," said Treen who was wearing a purple UW t-shirt.
With about 20 city staffers and firefighters looking on, the three pulled a cord that unfurled the purple, green, blue and white banner to reveal the message, "Bothell Celebrates Co-location." Green stood for Bothell and blue for Cascadia. "I want to point out to the press that we are all pulling together," Habura noted in light of recent rumors of dissension between the UW, Cascadia and the state.
Official groundbreaking is scheduled for May 28 at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the future campuses. City, state and college officials will be joined by Governor Gary Locke there. Though City Manager Rick Kirkwood didn't attend the unfurling, he affirmed his support of the colleges in a prepared statement. "The connection to education and learning opportunities is already strong in our community. We have an excellent school district with the well-attended neighborhood schools, and a regional library that gives our residents impressive access to information on an ongoing basis. Now, we celebrate the permanent location of the UW/Bothell and the state's newest community college, Cascadia Community College, and we welcome another strong link in the chain of educational opportunities available right here in our hometown," Kirkwood said.
The colleges will be built on the 120-acre Truly Farm northwest of the intersection of I-405 and State Route 522. Earlier last week, the Bothell City Council adopted a hearing examiner's recommendation to approve the state's plans for building Phase 1 of the multi-phase campus. Formal approval is expected June 1.
Two-thousand students will attend classes at the co-located campus when the colleges open in the year 2000. Vehicle access off of SR 522 has been delayed from the year 2001 to 2005 to coincide with completion of Phase 2B when 4,000 students will attend. At build-out, 10,000 students will go to classes there.
For the groundbreaking, there will be no on-site parking. Instead, visitors can ride a free shuttle bus from Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell to the campus beginning at 10 a.m. The stadium is located off of Bothell-Everett Highway and N.E. 188th St.