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I missed the St. Edward Park meeting, but would like to comment here.
I have lived in Kenmore for 18 years. I have never lived that long in one community and consider Kenmore my home.
Bothell’s Sunrise/Valley View neighborhood stands in opposition with the University of Washington Bothell administration over the intended building of a 600 bed dorm, dining facilities and parking within 30-60 feet of our established neighborhood, some 20-plus single-family homes.
I am very strongly in favor of the Daniels proposal to renovate the seminary building in Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore.
There are worthy efforts happening right now in our governmental process to help protect the people of Washington State and firefighters from exposure to toxic flame-retardants in our environment.
Please stop trying to develop Saint Edward Park as a hotel space. We are sick and tired of trying to defend it as a space for people to enjoy nature as it grew. And it is for animals too. It needs to be dark at night.
We are, on all the earth, at a veritable 'tipping point' where every tree counts and every person counts. For the first time in history, every choice we make about the environment needs to be about integrity and balance.
It was with great interest that I read the letter from Karen Klees in the Jan. 15 edition of the Kenmore Reporter.
The city [of Bothell’s] legal challenge is misguided in that the City is essentially asserting that it cannot meet the intent of the GMA and must, therefore, have greater flexibility and the right to base its land use decisions on its own criteria.
My, how the political pendulum swings. Forgive me for being all doom and gloom but our newly elected majority of "non-partisan" council members are so far to the left, by the time the 18,000 or so Bothellites who didn't vote figure it out, Bothell might reverse course so much, it could take years to recover.
We wholeheartedly agree with Seattle Times reporter Lynn Thompson who, in her Aug. 23 article, stated, “The proposal from Kevin Daniels… may be the last, best hope to preserve the [Saint Edward Seminary].”
Regarding the Fitzgerald subarea and the Bothell City Council vote on Jan. 19.
After watching the "new council" bashing via insinuations of collusion and suggestions of recusal that took place on Jan. 11; a cloud of irony and hypocrisy hung heavy in the air like the smell of rancid fryer oil from a big box fast food restaurant.
Much was made in the last election about conflict of interest and restoring trust in the Bothell City Council.
Saint Edward State Park remains a public sanctuary of tranquility and the natural environment in our rapidly urbanizing area.
After reading the comments by Katrina Rose, I would like to comment on her opinion.
It seems that our demise is set now. The new Bothell City Council will likely vote to strip away a last chance to allow the property owners of Zone 1 a chance to prove, based upon new facts, that assumptions were not a valid reason for taking land and including Zone 1 in the Critical Species Habitat.
Behind our property, the Raven Ridge development has sent a proposal to the city of Bothell to fill in the Wetlands.
Whatever happened to the Wayne Golf Course, and the so-called "good-faith negotiations?”
Nearing the end of the campaign to get Initiative 735 on Washington’s 2016 ballot, we are reaching out for a hand.