September 17, 2001
Route 9, Edmonds Unocal sites selected for wastewater treatment plant short list
King County Executive Ron Sims recommended two sites for further consideration as locations for the proposed new wastewater treatment facility that is needed to accommodate future growth in north King County and South Snohomish County areas over the next 50 years. Snohomish Executive Bob Drewel joined him in making the announcement.
Sims, Drewel, elected officials and citizens from both counties have participated in the site selection process over the last two years. A final site will be selected in 2003.
"I am today [Saturday] recommending the Edmonds Unocal and Route 9 sites for further consideration and study. These are two sites that best meet the overall needs of the region," said Sims.
The 53-acre Edmonds Unocal site is located adjacent to the Port of Edmonds marina in the City of Edmonds. It offers the possibility of delivering two regional infrastructure projects at one location, the Edmonds Ferry Crossing (multi-modal station) and the Brightwater Treatment Plant. Sims said this site provides the opportunity to do both these projects and create a beautiful development on the Edmonds waterfront. Doing both projects at the same location could lower the overall costs as opposed to doing them separately. The added benefits of enhancing the nearby wetland, fish hatchery and public shoreline access make this site worthy of further consideration.
Although very different from the Edmonds Unocal site, the 108-acre Route 9 site could provide redevelopment and revitalization in an area that is poorly served in terms of urban services. It is located near the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 522 north of Woodinville by the intersection of 228th and Highway 9.
Brightwater could serve as a model for new development in the surrounding area, Sims said. Brightwater will create a balance between urban development and environmental protection. The facility could create a buffer between the urban and rural areas and enhance the natural resources around it, such as Little Bear Creek. This site also provides opportunities for co-development with recreational facilities such as sports fields. Route 9's size and location are excellent, and this site may also provide a cost effective near-term opportunity to provide reclaimed water.
"Forwarding these recommendation to the King County Council today allows us to proceed with an important investment in our wastewater infrastructure before it becomes a crisis. This new facility must be up and running by 2010. If we fail to meet that date, our region will suffer economically and environmentally. We will not let this happen," Sims said.