Northwest NEWS

October 9, 2000

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Help plan Duvall's new youth center

Meeting set for Oct. 17
   The second public workshop for the Duvall Youth Center organization and programming is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. at the Duvall Fire Station, 15600 1st Ave. NE.
   The city of Duvall is asking residents who care about supporting the young people in town to again become involved with the planning for the proposed conversion of the old police station into a youth center.
   According to city officials, the focus now is to build upon the tremendous previous community work which was accomplished a few years ago, and now to clarify what activities are most needed, desired and suitable for the location.
   Those who are neighbors, new members of the community, or were previously involved with youth are invited to come and share the work that has already begun. Neighbors, students, parents, seniors, members of faith and community organizations and law enforcement personnel are all encouraged to attend. The focus of the Oct. 17 meeting is to discuss activities which would be desirable and beneficial to the youth of Duvall, and to evaluate which ones will be suitable for the Stella Street location.
   In September, the City Council and community members gathered at the old police station site at 26512 Stella Street to hear from the architect what the building structural and zoning issues and opportunities would be.
   Many members of the community said that kids need a safe and appealing place to congregate. Some neighbors questioned whether the site was suitable for youth activities that might become too noisy. Others were impatient to get on with the work that they had commenced long ago, and questioned where and when the money for the project would be found.
   Matt McCarter, Community Organizer for East King County, will assist the city to sort out programming and organizational issues by helping gather ideas and input from a wide variety of potential users and the community.
   Connie Zimmerman, Duvall's Public Works Capital Project Manager, is coordinating with the mayor and City Council and the owrkd of the architects and engineers, funding, permits, volunteer efforts and contract work. The city envisions creating an advisory board of people willing to commit time to sort out these issues. Once their is consensus on what the appropriate uses can be, work can proceed on two other fronts‹determining sources for funding and accomplishing the work, and determining options for organizing and administering the center.
   Those wishing to see the drawings that were done for the evaluation and potential conceptual design of the building, and a copy of the architectural evaluation of the building, may view them at City Hall, 15535 Main St.
   Questions can be directed to Matt McCarter at 206-205-6443 or Connie Zimmerman at 425-788-3434, ext. 32 or email at Connie@netos.com.