City Council Approves Permit for New Rose Hill School

The Redmond City Council also passed a resolution voicing its opposition to Tim Eyman-sponsored I-1125 at its Tuesday meeting.

The Redmond City Council has put its stamp of approval on plans for a new 143,000-square-foot facility to replace the existing .

The council unanimously approved both a conditional use permit and height variance for the new school at its regular Tuesday meeting. The variance allows the school's building height to exceed the 35-feet height limit code by six feet, three inches on the structure itself, with an additional three-feet variance for rooftop mechanical equipment.

Steven Fischer, a senior planner with the City of Redmond, told the council the variance was added because the school will be built on sloped ground.

“If that school were built on flat, level ground, it would comply with Redmond code in terms of building height,” Fischer said.

Plans also call for removal of more than half of the approximately 500 trees located on the property, but Fischer said all landmark trees that are removed will be re-planted on site.

Some nearby residents had earlier this year about plans for the new school because of the property's location above a pair of gas pipelines. Michael Romero, a employee who is overseeing the Rose Hill project, told the city council Tuesday that district officials had met with representatives from the company that operates the pipeline to discuss safety procedures during construction.

Romero said work crews will be installing a temporary fence with a 50-foot buffer around the pipeline location and that no construction equipment will be allowed within that area.

Before voting yes on the permit ordinance and variance, Council President Richard Cole said he is sympathetic to the impact the project will have on the school's neighbors.

“This is going to take awhile, folks, and there’s just no way around that,” he said.

The city council also voted 5-2 Tuesday to pass a resolution voicing the city's opposition to Tim Eyman-sponsored Initiative 1125, which would limit the state's ability to set highway tolls. Several Redmond City Council members said the initiative would effectively kill plans for a new State Route 520 bridge.

"The economic vitality of our community depends on a fully functioning State Route 520," council member Hank Margeson said.

Council members David Carson and Hank Myers voted against the resolution, saying they oppose I-1125 but do not agree with the practice of advising residents how to vote on statewide issues.

A public hearing on whether the city council should continue on medical marijuana gardens was also held at the Tuesday meeting, but no one spoke out either in support of or against the ordinance. Council members unanimously voted to continue the moratorium, which began Aug. 16.

Dick Watson November 05, 2011 at 01:12 AM
1125 does not limit tolling for 520. It does limit that the money for tolling can only be spent on that road and nothing else. When the bridge is paid off the toll must cease. With out 1125 they can toll any road and use the money for what ever they want and don't have to end the toll when the bridge is paid off. Back east thier are many tolls that have been on roads for generations, the roads are paid off and the tolls remain. The thing I love about the NW is that every toll I am aware of was padi off early and ended.
Steve Hitch November 05, 2011 at 12:59 PM
1125 is one more end-run attempt to kill light rail. Redmond has the employee population density to make light rail feasible. Redmond also needs the 520 bridge to be improved, and the state has figured out a way to fund it that doesn't cost Spokane tax payers. I-1125 would cost tax payers statewide more money, create a backlog of transportation projects, turn tolling into a political game, take away a common-sense and fair tolling approach, and kill jobs related to transportation projects. It also kils light rail, something we will critically need in the future. Lanes cost too much money to build and maintain, and quickly fill to capacity. As density increases on the east side, we need better public transportation. A yes vote on I-1125 tries to shift the tax burden of Seattle/Bellevue projects from local users to everyone statewide and forces the state to either raise the gas tax or put important road-building projects on hold. Redmond's Council was prudent in voting to oppose this initiative.
William E Riley August 01, 2012 at 05:10 AM
The building project for Rose Hill Middle School has created a few problems. First the trucks with dirt are fine, next the earth rollers shake my house a great deal but the worst is the ground packing machine, I now have two broken tiles (porcelian) bathroom and kitchen. The side walk in front of my house shakes? What should I do? Bill Riley 7218 134th ave NE 425-885-7754 ( linmai@frontier.com)
Caitlin Moran August 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Hi Bill, so sorry to hear the project has been disruptive. Broken tiles don't sound fun at all! I asked Kathryn Reith, LWSD communications director, what steps you can take. Here is her response: "Mr. Riley should contact the project manager, Michael Romero, mromero@lwsd.org. That contact information is posted at the front of the construction site for anyone with concerns about the project and we encourage them to contact him. The earthwork Mr. Riley was probably referring to was to install the fire road. That work is almost complete for the summer. There will be some final work in a few weeks when rock is placed on the road but it should only last a couple of days. Otherwise, work in this area of the site will end until next summer. Next summer, there will be filling and compaction work when the bus loop and parking area are raised to the level of the new building. However, that work will be a much greater distance from Mr. Riley’s property. The entire project will be completed by September 2013, when the school is slated to open."


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