Kirkland The Kirkland City Council has turned down an inquiry by a company interested in developing city-owned property at Lake Street and...

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The Kirkland City Council has turned down an inquiry by a company interested in developing city-owned property at Lake Street and Central Way.

The company, known as Kirkland Visions LLC, offered to buy and develop the land, now used as a parking lot.

Another developer, Seattle-based Milliken Martin, had spent several years working with the city on developing the land, but the City Council in February voted to turn down the project after hundreds of residents protested. Residents were concerned about the size of the proposed development and its impact on downtown parking.

Kirkland Visions said it wanted to develop the land to its fullest potential, while considering downtown parking needs.

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The City Council and mayor have responded to Kirkland Visions in a letter saying that the city had rejected the previous proposal because of the diverse community interests regarding the property. The process had consumed a large amount of city resources, and the city now has to focus on other issues.


Traffic to be slowed for power-line work

Drivers on eastbound and westbound Interstate 90 and Highway 18 should expect delays as the State Patrol conducts rolling slowdowns through tomorrow between Issaquah and parts of North Bend as workers connect fiber-optic cable to power lines.

The slowdowns will take place in these locations: eastbound I-90 between Lake Sammamish Parkway and North Bend Way; westbound I-90 between Homestead Valley Road and North Bend Way; and eastbound Highway 18 between Issaquah-Hobart Road and I-90.

The slowdowns are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow. The State Patrol says it will keep traffic at 25 mph for up to 30 minutes at a time several times each day.


Police say slingshots used to strike cars

Police are investigating the possible use of slingshots to break the driver’s side windows of two passing cars Tuesday night. A 4-year-old boy was injured.

The boy received minor cuts to his face when the glass broke near his seat. No one else was injured in the two cars, which were hit about 6 p.m. in the 9200 block of Avondale Road, Redmond police Officer Thom Conroy said. Detectives say they think slingshots were used to shoot rocks at the cars from a nearby apartment complex, Conroy said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 425-556-2581.


Orchestra releases schedule for 2005-’06

The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra announced the 2005-2006 season schedule, which includes five regular concerts, “The Messiah” and the third annual Young Artists Debut Concert. Season highlights include appearances by pianists Christopher Taylor and Petronel Malan; violinists John Kim (BPO concertmaster) and Timothy Fain; cellist Jeffrey Solow and soprano Terri Richter.

A new feature this season is the introductory 50 percent off price for first-time subscribers. Packages available include two, three, five or seven concerts.

The Masterworks@Meydenbauer lineup includes: “Unfinished Business” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, and 2 p.m. Oct. 23; “Cello in the Spotlight” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20; “Happy Birthday, Wolfgang (Mozart)” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, and 2 p.m. Jan. 22; “Virtuoso Violin” at 7:30 p.m. March 18 and 2 p.m. March 19; and “Gypsy Passion” at 7:30 p.m. April 22, 2006, and 2 p.m. April 23, 2006.

“The Messiah,” presented in partnership with the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4.

The third annual Young Artists Debut Concert is scheduled at 6 p.m. June 3, 2006.

All concerts are to be held in the Theatre at Meydenbauer.

For a season brochure or for information about the remainder of the 2004-2005 concerts call 425-455-4171, or visit the Web site at


11 students receive Rotary scholarships

The Kirkland Rotary Club awarded $11,000 in scholarships to 11 students during a dinner celebration Monday at Carillon Point.

Winners included Kristen Germeaux of BEST High School; Pauline Anne Baculi of Juanita High; Rachel Kaneshiro, Trisha Lydon, Huynh Chhor and Conrad Reynoldson of Lake Washington High; Ashley Cabral of Lake Washington Technical Academy; Brenda Barrientes and Laura McCarthy of Cascadia Community College; and Irina Malinow and Igor Kashinskiy of Lake Washington Technical College.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau.