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Concerns expressed about downtown development

 

March 21, 2018 | View PDF



Arlington City Council was scheduled to accept the lowest bidder on the Arlington Valley Road, which will provide access to industrial lands between 67th Avenue and Kent Prairie.

The road has been in the works since 2015, when the city identified Kent Prairie as one of three key areas for future development, for both industry and residential, during that year’s spring retreat.

Now, the city staff and council will be discussing the future again at the spring retreat this coming weekend, March 23-25 at Semiahmoo in Whatcom County.

Along with moving forward with the new road, the city’s Public Works Department is also proposing some changes to codes that will make it easier to add accessory apartments in town. The $12,000 fee for connecting an extra water and sewer service will be waived, if approved by council this week. In a small code amendment, residents with disabilities will be allowed a lower service fee, along with seniors, and all residents will be allowed a five-day grace period for payments on utilities.

A new development in downtown Arlington drew a crowd of critics last Monday at the March 12 workshop meeting. A three-story building is planned at First and Olympic, with retail on the ground floor and 40 studio apartments geared toward millennial bicyclists.

Residents expressed concert about putting so many people in town. They were concerned about overloading roads and downtown eateries.

One speaker noted, “We already have to waiting in line for breakfast at the Stilly Diner.

A new firefighter, Joe Wakefield, and a new police officer, Joshua Fox, were to be sworn in this Monday and Jason Brisson was named fire captain.

 

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