Shoreline Historical Museum purchases land in Town Center area; Citizens' group appeals Ronald School decision

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Shoreline Historical Museum recently finalized the purchase of land at the corner of Linden Ave N and N 185, across from the Richmond Masonic Lodge and Fred Meyer, at the north end of the newly designated Shoreline Town Center.

The property was previously owned by the James Alan Salon and has been vacant for some time.  It is the corner property and has two buildings on site.

The Museum held several work parties to ready the buildings for occupancy for office and storage.

Per the agreement with the Shoreline School District, the Museum has moved all its holdings from the old Ronald School and stored them temporarily in the closed Sunset School.

Bassetti architects has designed the new Shorewood High School as an addition to the landmarked Ronald School. The design was approved by the King County Landmarks Commission (see previous story) at a special public hearing in Shoreline and a Certificate of Appropriateness was issued to the architects and the School District.  Plans are proceeding on schedule to build the new school. Construction is under a deadline as delay would mean a loss of millions in State grants.

The newly-formed Shoreline Preservation Society, headed by Museum supporter and former Shoreline Councilmember Janet Way, has filed an appeal of the Landmarks Commission decision to the Shoreline City Council.
According to Janet Way, "The appeal will be heard by the Shoreline City Council on February 28 at the regular council meeting. It is a "closed record, quasi-judicial" matter. This means no new evidence or testimony will be taken and the Councilmembers are not permitted ANY exparte communications with anyone, including each other."
The process states:
If, after examination of the written appeal and the record, the council determines, that:
          1. An error in fact may exist in the record, it shall remand the proceeding to the commission for reconsideration or, if the council determines that:
          2. the decision of the commission is based on an error in judgment or conclusion, it may modify or reverse the decision of the commission.

If the appeal to the Council is unsuccessful, the Preservation Society can either accept the ruling of the City Council or appeal to Superior Court.


Anonymous,  January 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

Just curious on what grounds is this appeal being made?

Anonymous,  January 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM, why would you think that's pertinent info? Come on! The appeal is being, "SAVE THE CHILDREN!!!" yes, that's it!
The irony that the council members are not allowed to speak to one another is astounding and ironic.

Anonymous,  January 18, 2011 at 4:56 PM  

From what I read above, it seems that not discussing the issue amongst council members prevents one from swaying another's opinion one way or another, which would make sense considering that this is an appeal about whether the correct process was followed, or whether errors were made. Not quite sure how to take the comment 2:40pm....but I guess it wasnt intended to answer my question.

Anonymous,  January 18, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

"Bassetti architects has designed the new Shorewood High School as an addition to the landmarked Ronald School." This statement is blatantly incorrect - the school district designed new Shorewood High School with no consideration of the landmarked Ronald School and only included the landmark when they found they were required to do under Washington State Law.

Anonymous,  January 18, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

Ok...I will ask again: on what grounds is this appeal being made?

Anonymous,  January 18, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

@2:40 pm - Councilmembers are not allowed to speak to each other or any other person except for procedural issues under Washington State Law for quasi-judicial matters, do you want them to break the law? Or are you just venting?

Anonymous,  February 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

@ 6:23pm

Oh dear, Shoreline School District and their architects just plowed right in to planning without, first, not considering the general public's interest, then, on top of that, not considering the laws that surround a landmarked historic building on their (our) property. What in the world...... No wonder I felt something very awry going on.

It looks like we need much much more capable and conscientious folks running the show in the District and city council, as well. Why don't we have enough of these types of folks running for offices like our own school boards. This has to change. Our next generation and our would is dependent on this type of thing.

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