Northwest NEWS

August 17, 1998

Local News

City approves six-year capital plan

   by Woodinville Weekly staff

   WOODINVILLE--Buy land for future parks, study the Hollywood intersection, provide better pedestrian walkways in the Kingsgate area.
   Those are just a few of the projects the City of Woodinville will fund under its 1999-2004 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The City Council unanimously approved the six-year plan last week, 4-0. Councilmembers Carol Bogue, Bob Miller and Barbara Solberg were absent.
   There are eleven "first priority" projects which received funding.
   "We understand that the City of Woodinville inherited a rural infrastructure [from King County at incorporation] and now is an urban center," said Deborah Knight, interim public works director. "This plan begins to bring a rural infrastructure up to urban standards."
   In particular, the six-year plan addresses the west end of downtown Woodinville.
   The city plans on adding left-hand turn lanes on 131st Ave. N.E. at N.E. 177th Pl., widening 177th, as well as acquiring property along the Little Bear Creek corridor for a future park.
   Woodinville intends to regrade and realign the intersection of SR 202 and 127th Pl. N.E. where the old Ferndale Grain Mill stood, as well as install a traffic signal there.
   Left turn lanes and a pedestrian path will be added to 124th Ave. N.E. north of Kingsgate.
   On the parks' front, the city identified funding for acquiring the Nelson Homestead above Woodinville, preserving open space and the headwaters of a fork of Woodin Creek. The city will also work with A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) to build a neighborhood park at Woodinview, an affordable housing development, the city, King County and ARCH are working on.
   Woodinville will also spend time studying current problems.
   "It's easy to see the problems," said Mayor Don Brocha. "But to solve the problems takes studies like these to see how."
   Woodinville will look at improving downtown access which could include a new freeway ramp from State Route 522 to the central business district.
   At the Hollywood intersection, N.E. 145th St. and 148th Ave. N.E., the city will study how to improve capacity there, as well as what to do with Trib 90.
   That intersection, which is at the lowest level of service possible (meaning it's often congested), must be improved before the state will allow any more development in the area.
   But businesswoman Barbara Kelson isn't pleased with the city's pace there. She plans on building Apple Farm Village, a quaint retail mall similar to Country Village in Bothell. She and engineer Tim Schriever proposed that the city complete a design for the intersection within the next three months.
   Kelson said she can't do anything with her property even though road work will be studied there.
   The city will also study whether to buy the Northshore School District's Sorenson Complex, or build a new City Hall elsewhere.
   The CIP is an organizational document cities put together each year. According to city documents, it evaluates projects based on a city's goals and provides a process for planning and budgeting capital needs and makes sure those fit within the city's finances.
   Staff began preparing the six-year document last March.
   If Woodinville were to go ahead with all projects on this year's plan, it would spend $19.8 million over the next six years; funds would come from grants, city reserves and taxes.