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While I was out…

October 6, 2008

It’s been some time since I have posted to my blog and it was not because nothing interesting has been happing in Fall City.  Here are just a few things that have been going on while I was out.

Fall City Parks District has collected the necessary signatures to get the district on the ballot.  You can learn more information about the parks district here.

King County has resumed negotiations with the Snoqualmie Tribe to transfer Fall City Community Park to their ownership and has a proposed contract.

The Colonial Inn has successfully reopened as the Fall City Road House.

The Real Estate market has slowed in Fall City and in King County. More information on this later.

The Tolt Hill Bridge over the Snoqualmie River has opened and the old bridge has been recycled. You can see more information here and see a video of the new bridge.

The Washington State Department of Fisheries tried to close the Tokul Creek Fish Hatchery which supplies the Snoqualmie River with about 200,000 Steelhead smolts each year.  It looks like this has been defeated by public participation.  You can read a press release here.

The connecting road between Lake Alice and Snoqualmie Ridge is still barricaded, and it looks like it will be for the foreseeable future.

The Wells Farm and Nursery property in Fall City has been sold the property is currently for lease.

The Snoqualmie Valley School District Wasl have been published and both Fall City Elementary and Chief Kanim students did a great job on the test. 

The Snoqualmie Valley School District is working on getting a new bond proposal together that looks like it will be 25 to 50 percent of the cost of the  last bond.

King County is working on a plan to control Knotweed along the Raging and Snoqualmie Rivers. 

The Fall City Library has reopened in the new building with expanded hours.  The Carnation Library has been torn down and the building for them is under construction.  The have a temporary location in the Sno-Valley Senior Center.

The Fall City roundabout has finally been paved and striped and seems to be working very well.  It seems to be working better than the intersection on the South side of the bridge.

The old Guns and Roses property by the round-a-bout is on the market. Guns and Roses is the local nickname for the Fall City Firearms and the Fall City Green House that stood on the site of the new roundabout.

The Cherry trees along the Riverbank are getting pruned for the first time in several years.

The Fall City Food Pantry, is serving more and more families every opening.  They are open on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Open Noon to 1:30 and again from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. The community Food Pantry is located at the Fall City United Methodist Church 4326 337th Pl SE Fall City, WA  98027

The “If Fish Could Walk” Geocache in Fall City has been replaced and updated to a micro geocache.

The Fall City Community Association has moved their meetings from the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course to the Fall City Road House.  They now meet upstairs in the banquet room.

Maguire Hill Real Estate that had offices in Fall City, North Bend, Maple Valley and Cle Elum has gone out of business.

Video Nites moved to a new larger location on River Street, the former location of Maguire Hill Real Estate.

Fire District 27 is considering a partnership/merger with Eastside Fire and Rescue that was formally known as District 10.

Tree House Point has been negotiating with the county to prevent the county from forcing them to tear down their treehouses.

Re/Max at the Ridge was bought out Re/Max Integrity.

Some of the first sculptures on the Fall City Sculpture Walk have been installed.  You can see one of them in Olive Taylor Quigley Park, the art park, the Fall City Library and at the Fall City Road House.  All of these locations are on the Redmond-Fall City Road.

The Fall City Elementary School has installed a new Falcon Sculpture.

The old location of the Snoqualmie Fall Credit Union on the Preston Fall City Road has been sold and the new owners are planing to put in a Bike, Skateboard, and Snowboard shop. They also purchased Fall City Espresso, and plan to keep it in the same location.  I heard the new name will be Bikes, Boards and Beans.  We will have to wait and see.


Library Construction Has Started

November 14, 2007

The construction on the Fall City Library, a King County Library has started.  It is nice that after all these months to see some walls going up.

Fall City Library Update

September 20, 2007

Fall City Library Site as of September 20, 2007

Things are moving slowly on the Fall City Library.  After a full summer of having a small temporary library the construction of the new one has barely made any progress.  As you can see from the photo the only progress has been a little bit of foundation work.  As of September 20th 2008, they still do not have permits to move forward.  They are expecting to have permits soon.  They are pushing very hard to get permits, the hold up is not with the building but rather with work that needs to be done on the grounds with things like retention ponds.     Once building is started they expect that it will take about six months to complete.  You can view updates  at the King County Library site .

Tearing Down Library before Having Permits to Rebuild … Good Idea?

June 15, 2007

Fall City Library Groundbreaking Ceremony


As a real estate agent that works with clients who own real estate in the Snoqualmie Valley, including Fall City, Carnation, Snoqualmie, North Bend and Duvall one of the tips we share with our clients is to make sure you have permit before your start your work, or tear down an existing building.  Why?  Because it is easier to get permits to remodel than to build new and in some cases your building may be grandfathered in, and with new rules you may not be able to build what you want where you want.


The Fall City Library has been torn down, and they held the groundbreaking June 13th 2007.  The Director gave a speech and said that they do not have permits to rebuild the library yet.  What a waste.  The Fall City Library has been moved into a cramped temporary location for the summer, when the kids are out of School and could be using the old building.  Now the time line for the new building is up in the air, and the level of service that the library system can offer in the mean time has been reduced.  It sounds like poor planning to me.  

In Fall City, The Colonial Inn Restaurant was purchased and the new owners started to do some updating, when the Seattle King County Health Department decided that they needed to update the septic system before they would sign off so that they could get a permit from the Department of Development and Environmental Services to remodel.  They have been closed for a year and a half so far.  The word is that they have come up with a solution for the septic system but now they are waiting on the permit to remodel.  Wouldn’t it have been nicer for the owners if they had been able to be open during this time? 

Lets take a look at two parcels of land.  One piece has an old mobile home on it, that will reduce the mitigation fees for the buyer, and one had an old house on it that was torn down and not replaced.  If they were the same price which one is the better value?  Well the one with mobile home has the potential to be rented out while the new owner goes through the permit process for their new home.  The mobile will also have lower mitigation fees that should more than offset the cost of removing the mobile.  As for the other piece of land, if they had not torn down the old house was there they could go in for a remodel permit, but now they have to start the process from scratch and do not have the benefit of having a house to rent out while they work out the details with the county.  So in my opinion the lot with the mobile becomes the better value.


What does this have to do with you?  If you have an old cabin, house or out building on your property that you think does not add value to it and you are getting ready to sell, do not tear it down before you check with your agent for advice.   You could always leave it up and if the buyer wants it taken down negotiate it.  By having an existing dwelling on the property it could reduce the school or road mitigation fees for the buyer, and could let them build in an area of the property that otherwise would be off limits.  So don’t assume it doesn’t have value.  Make sure first.   

Bye Bye Fall City Library

May 29, 2007


It’s gone now.  It didn’t take much to take the building down.  Today the track-hoe moved some of the decorative rocks out of the way and took down the building and loaded it in to the trash trucks.  The ground breaking for the new building is June 13, 2007 at 4:00 pm, right before Fall City Days.  See you there?