Northwest NEWS

April 23, 2001

Local News

Housing project moves ahead

Woodinville site removed from consideration for sewer plant
   King County Executive Ron Sims announced that a former surplus county property site at NE North Woodvinville Way and Woodinville-Duvall Road under consideration for both affordable housing and a future wastewater facility, will move forward as a major affordable housing complex. The Woodinville site will be removed from the list of potential sewer plant sites.
   Sims said affordable housing and environmental protections that ensure clean water are two key initiatives of his, and that the surplus Woodinville site could have been used for either purpose.
   However, since the Woodinville housing project recently received funding, it is ready to move forward. King County and its housing partners will break ground in June on 170 units of affordable housing for seniors and families.
   In a letter to the King County Council, Sims officially withdrew this site from further consideration for a wastewater site.
   "The six remaining proposed sites for the wastewater facility offer a wide range of options for discussion. I am confident we will be able to find a suitable site for the new facility from the remaining list of sites," Sims said.
   In March, seven candidate sites were proposed for the new "Brightwater" wastewater treatment plant, which is needed to provide wastewater treatment for the fast-growing area in North King and South Snohomish counties. The King County Council will approve a list of candidate sites in May; a final decision on a site is expected in early 2003, with a facility scheduled to be operating by 2010.
   King County is inviting the public to workshops to review candidate sites proposed for the new Brightwater wastewater treatment plant. The workshops will run from roughly 6 to 9 p.m.
   The meetings and their focus are:
   April 24, Woodinville High School, 19819 - 136th Avenue NE, Woodinville, Route 9 site.
   April 26, Canyon Park Junior High School, 23723 - 23rd Ave. SE, Bothell, Gun Range, Gravel Quarry, and Thrashers Corner sites.
   For more information about the workshops, call 1-888-707-857.