Snohomish library land nearly at hand

By LESLIE MORIARTY

Herald Writer

SNOHOMISH — Agreements to purchase three acres of land where the new Snohomish library will be built are almost complete.

City Manager Bill McDonald said Monday that the city council has approved the purchase of a little more than an acre on Maple Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.

A second purchase is expected to soon close on another two acres adjacent to that along the west side of soon-to-be abandoned Burlington Northern railroad tracks.

The city purchased the former site of the Central Feed mill on Maple Avenue for $300,000 and has a firm price for the railroad property for $480,000.

McDonald said it is expected that the library will take about two acres, once parking and landscaping are included.

Voters in the Snohomish Library Capital Facilities area approved the sale of $8 million in bonds in September to buy the land and build and equip the new library. The area is generally the same area as the Snohomish Public School District.

McDonald said negotiations took several months, and the city got the best price possible. To compare, when voters in Monroe approved a new library last year, that city paid $1.02 million for three parcels. In Granite Falls, where another library is under design, property was donated, although $40,000 in improvements were necessary.

Snohomish was interested in the Central Feed site because it was the preferred site at several public meetings. It is north of the city’s swimming pool and fields and a playground. And there are plans to add a youth center and a skateboard park there.

Additionally, McDonald said, in the city’s future, it wants to create a bike and pedestrian trail that will connect the Snohomish riverfront to the Centennial Trail, which runs north from the railroad property the city is purchasing. Other purchases from Burlington Northern will be necessary for that plan.

The city will need to demolish buildings on the library site before construction can begin. The city will then sell the property to the Sno-Isle Regional Library System, which will oversee the facility. That purchase will be paid for by the proceeds of the bonds.

That purchase price will be set based on an independent appraisal, McDonald said.

McDonald said about 10 companies have shown an interest in designing the facility, which is expected to be about 23,000 square feet in one story.

A committee of Sno-Isle and city representatives is narrowing the field to five, and interviews will be conducted later this week. The top two or three will then negotiate their costs, and the committee will select one firm.

But don’t grab your backpack to head to the new library just yet. It will be January before a contract is awarded, and the library isn’t expected to open until late summer 2002.

Meanwhile, the current library in the Carnegie Building at 105 Cedar St. will remain open. That building is owned by the city, and McDonald said its future use is still being considered.

"We’re going to do an inventory of city space needs," he said. "We’re going to look at this in a holistic way and assess all the structures the city owns and try to determine the best uses for each."

Ideas have included moving city offices into the Carnegie, and that it be used in part as a museum. The city is at least a year from making any decision on that, he said.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Snohomish residents Barbara Bailey, right, and Beth Jarvis sit on a gate atop a levee on Bailey’s property on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Bailey Farm in Snohomish, Washington. Bailey is concerned the expansion of nearby Harvey Field Airport will lead to levee failures during future flood events due to a reduction of space for floodwater to safely go. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Harvey Field seeks to reroute runway in floodplain, faces new pushback

Snohomish farmers and neighbors worry the project will be disruptive and worsen flooding. Ownership advised people to “read the science.”

IAM District 751 machinists join the picket line to support Boeing firefighters during their lockout from the company on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amid lockout, Boeing, union firefighters return to bargaining table

The firefighters and the planemaker held limited negotiations this week: They plan to meet again Monday, but a lockout continues.

N3054V accident site. (Alaska State Trooper Photo)
Lake Stevens pilot, who lived ‘Alaska dream,’ died in Fairbanks crash

Former Snohomish County lawyer Harry “Ray” Secoy III, 63, worked as a DC-4 pilot in Alaska in the last years of his life.

Air and ground search and rescue teams found Jerry Riedinger’s plane near Humpback Mountain on Monday. (WSDOT photo)
Remains of pilot recovered near Snoqualmie Pass after Arlington flight

Jerry Riedinger never made it to Ephrata after departing the Arlington airport Sunday. Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash.

Federal prosecutors say the two men shown here outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, are Tucker Weston, left, and Jesse Watson. (U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia)
Lynnwood roommates sentenced for roles in Jan. 6 riot

Tucker Weston was given two years in prison Thursday. Jesse Watson received three years of probation in August 2023.

Lynnwood
Lynnwood firm faces $790K in fines for improper asbestos handling

State regulators said this is the fifth time Seattle Asbestos of Washington violated “essential” safety measures.

A truck towing a travel trailer crashed into a home in the Esperance neighborhood Thursday, May 23, 2024, in Edmonds, Washington. (South County Fire)
Man seriously injured after his truck rolls into Edmonds home

One resident was inside the home in the 22500 block of 8th Avenue W, but wasn’t injured, fire officials said.

Ferry workers wait for cars to start loading onto the M/V Kitsap on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Memorial Day holiday weekend travel nightmare is upon us

Going somewhere this weekend? You’ll have lots of company — 44 million new BFFs — on planes, trains and automobiles.

Bothell
Bothell family says racism at Seattle Children’s led to teen’s death

In February 2021, Sahana Ramesh, the daughter of Indian immigrants, died after months of suffering from a rare disease.

Boeing Firefighters and supporters have a camp set up outside of Boeing on Airport Road as the company’s lockout of union firefighters approaches two weeks on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Union firefighters reject Boeing’s latest contract offer

The union’s 125 firefighters on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected the offer, which included “an improved wage growth” schedule

A “No Shooting” sign on DNR land near Spada Lake is full of bullet holes on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, along Sultan Basin Road near Sultan, Washington. People frequent multiple locations along the road to use firearms despite signage warning them not to. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
County pumps the brakes on planned Sultan shooting range

The $47 million project, in the works for decades, has no partner or funding. County parks officials are reconsidering its viability.

Suzan DelBene, left, Rick Larsen
Larsen, DelBene request over $40M for projects in Snohomish County

If approved, Congress would foot the bill for traffic fixes, public transit, LED lights and much more around the county.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.