Jessica Reaves is getting a new neighbor — a 92-year-old house on the National Register of Historic Places that will now be located about 30 feet in front of her house.
The developer of the nearby Chateau Bothell Landing retirement home needed to move the historic house, known as the Sorenson house, to make room to build two new buildings. The move is legal, said the developer and the City of Bothell. But Reaves says the odd position of the two houses, legal though it is, is destroying the monetary value of her home as well as the historic value of both houses — because her house also dates to 1900.
The developers of Woodinville Village, a mixed-use development that was conceived more than a decade ago, intend to make it a “district” with authenticity, community and a clear sense of purpose, they announced in a presentation at last week’s City Council meeting.
The presentation by Tom Ellison, principal of Legacy Commercial, and David Lake, a partner with Lake | Flato Architects, included its fair share of clichés — “a project with a great deal of passion” and “all about bringing people together” — but also many new details about the buildings and amenities on the site and the activities the developers imagine happening there.
Local health officials are working with Seattle Children’s Hospital to investigate a cluster of patients with severe respiratory illness who tested positive for a possible enterovirus infection. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that can determine whether it is the enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) strain that has been seen recently in other U.S. states.
At this time there are no confirmed cases of EV-D68 in King County or Washington state. “Although we can’t currently say that these cases are definitely due to EV-D68, it would not be surprising if the virus is confirmed on further testing,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, chief of Communicable Disease and Epidemiology at Public Health - Seattle & King County.
A Woodinville area resident was “lucky” to see a bobcat in her backyard last week, according to a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“It is common to have them in that area [Woodinville.] It’s not common to see them, because they’re very secretive,” said Chris Anderson, a district wildlife biologist for King County with the WDFW. “They’re more common in suburban areas, and suburban areas that are adjacent to rural areas, than people think.”
Julie Neece, who lives in the Cottage Lake area, saw a bobcat in her backyard one evening last week. Bobcats don’t pose a threat to humans, unless you corner them or get near a den with their young, Anderson said. Usually, bobcats will run away when they see a human, but if they don’t, he recommends calling WDFW at (425) 775-1311 (Mill Creek office.)
“They’re top predators, just like cougars,” Anderson explained. However, unlike bears or coyotes, bobcats don’t eat trash. “Bobcats are highly carnivorous, so there’s no reason for them to habituate as much as other animals, because we don’t have the attractants for them,” Anderson added.
Bobcats prey upon a wide variety of rodents, insects, reptiles and birds, but may occasionally take domestic animals such as house cats or livestock such as chickens, ducks, small pigs or lambs. To keep your pets or livestock safe, enclose them in a secure pen with a top, since bobcats can climb well.
Anderson said it’s up to humans to “keep them wild” and avoid conflicts with bobcats, by keeping pets and livestock safe and preventing the buildup of bird food under bird feeders that will attract rodents.
“They’re part of the diversity of our suburban rural area,” Anderson said. “They do a lot of good things, like controlling pests like rats, and they’re beautiful animals.”
For more information, see wdfw.wa.gov/living/bobcats.html.
The Woodinville City Council voted last week to give businesses in the Old Town area more flexibility in meeting parking requirements, by letting them count on-street parking in front of their businesses that extends into the public right-of-way.
The issue was first brought up by the owners of Coastal Cycleworks, a potential bike shop the owners hope to open on NE Woodinville Drive. But several possible changes the council considered still might not help the bike shop open. Brandon Maltby and Todd Huhman approached the city nine months ago hoping for some flexibility with parking requirements. They hope to open a bike shop, Coastal Cycleworks, in the space next to Bill the Butcher.