More housing OK’d for Enumclaw’s east side

The sights and sounds of new home construction look to continue on Enumclaw’s eastern edge, now that the city approved plans to turn 70 acres of former pasture into 175 building lots.

The new developments, in yellow, lie east of Watson Street, south of SR 410, west of the Expo Center and north of S.E. 456th St, also known as Warner Ave. Image courtesy of the King County Assessor’s Parcel Viewer.

The sights and sounds of new home construction look to continue on Enumclaw’s eastern edge, now that the city approved plans to turn 70 acres of former pasture into 175 building lots.

The action came during a Feb. 13 meeting of the City Council and concerns land sitting between state Route 410 and Warner Avenue, east of Watson Street.

Authorized was a preliminary plat for two divisions within the Suntop Planned Unit Development. Construction within the PUD has already dotted the acreage with new homes in recent years, going by the names of Elk Meadows and Suntop Farms developments. Receiving council approval last week were plans for additional construction immediately adjacent to the Suntop Farms development.

The entire Suntop PUD, when first taken to the city, contemplated plans for 286 single-family homes, 80 low-density multi-family units and 140 high-density multi-family units, along with 84,000 square feet of commercial development.

In other action during their Feb. 13 meeting, members of the Enumclaw City Council:

• ratified contracts with the city’s police officers and support staff.

Members of the Enumclaw Police Officers Association were working under terms of a contract that expired with the close of 2016 and had been negotiating with the city since May 2016. The sides finally came together on a two-year pact that provides increases from 4 percent to more than 12 percent. Two dozen other jurisdictions were examined to arrive at comparable salaries.

Support staff includes those working in communications, corrections and records.

• authorized replacement of the roof at the Enumclaw Expo Center’s Activity Hall, a project carrying a price tag of nearly $300,000.

The bill will be paid largely through a state grant the city received for renovation certain Expo Center facilities. Other improvements include replacement of restrooms, also in the Activity Hall, new floor coatings in both the Activity Hall and Exhibit Hall and repainting of the roof of the Exhibit Hall.

The state grant of $339,500 came with an agreement by the city to add $140,500 from an Expo account.

The low bid was submitted by Pacific Rainier Roofing of Bothell, Wash., and totaled $297,838. Four other bids ranged from $313,600 to more than $364,000.

The Activity Hall roof “is seriously deficient and regularly demonstrates new areas of leaks,” according to a memo provided to the council by Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln.

• formalized agreements with a handful of agencies that will received city funding during 2017. The individual dollar amounts – which total more than $107,000 – were authorized during the annual budget process.

Receiving funding are: Enumclaw Yough Services, $65,000; Plateau Outreach Ministries, $20,000; Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation, $9,000; Enumclaw Visitor Center, $6,140; Green River College Small Business Assistance Center, $5,000; Friends of the Library, $1,300; and Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society, $1,500.

Additionally, the city is providing rental subsidies of $7,500 to Arts Alive! and $6,000 to the Enumclaw Area Chamber of Commerce. Both occupy a city-owner building.

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