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City zoning changes to bring a bit of building

By Kevin Hanson-The Courier-Herald

Enumclaw might be looking at a slight business boom, if recent actions by the City Council are any indication.

At their Aug. 27 meeting, council members addressed four issues relating to coming construction or expansion.

Each case resulted in two actions, as the council has to make changes to the city comprehensive plan, then act to approve specific zoning changes. Each situation requires a first and second reading, and the council is anticipated to take final action Monday night.

The four propositions dealt with by council were:

€ switching the zoning of land that recently was home to a BMX course from “public” to “industrial.” The land, at the intersection of Garrett Street and Battersby Avenue, is in the process of being purchased by Douglas and Sharon Kirby, doing business as Gator NW.

The Kirbys own property across Garrett Street from the land in question and have proposed to build a light-industrial park that would span both sides of the street. In a previous pitch to the city, it was suggested the Kirby proposal could create 15 new jobs.

€ changing the zoning on properties at 911 and 945 Battersby Avenue from “public” to “industrial.” This follows the city's decision to sell the large building that once housed Industrial Skills, along with an adjacent building that was formerly home to Del's Farm Supply.

City Council members voted July 23 to accept a $1.76 million offer from Dan Hatch and his Clearly Dynamics firm for the purchase of both buildings. Hatch and his company already operate out of the smaller building.

€ changing the zoning of a small parcel at 2917 Griffin Ave. from “residential 2” to “office.” The change is proposed to accommodate plans for a building that would include both office space and residential quarters.

€ switching the zoning at Enumclaw's wastewater treatment plant from “residential 4” to “public.” The proposal comes as the city prepares to break ground on expansion of its sewer facility, the costliest project in city history. Once done, the city will be able to lift the moratorium that has, for years, kept a lid on residential developments.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com.

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