October 5, 1998
Hearing to be scheduled on LakePointe appeal
by Tom Traeger
Because LakePointe is now within the jurisdiction of Kenmore, it will be up to the city to handle the appeal which has been filed by Kenmore resident, Dan Olsen.
In his appeal, filed with King County, Olsen focuses on the impact on the community of the additional traffic which will be created by the $400+ million project. In addition to traffic concerns, he pointed to the inability of the Sammamish River bridge to handle the additional volume.
Kenmore's Community Development Director, Gregg Dohrn says the project is on hold until the appeal has been resolved. He indicated that a hearing examiner has been appointed, "We are hopeful to have a pre-hearing conference underway by mid-October," he said.
At that conference, ways to facilitate mediation as well as the procedural aspects of the upcoming hearing will be addresed by the hearing examiner, legal counsel for the developer, city attorney Mike Kenyon and Dohrn.
LakePointe is a residential and commercial development slated for the 50-acre site the boundaries of which are the Sammamish River, Lake Washington, Bothell Way and 68th Ave. NE.
It will include 1200 residential units, 400,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, 200,000 square feet of office space, a 52-slip marina, a theater, shops and restaurants.