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10 years ago 1996

Cluster subdivisions do not belong in Arlington Heights, area residents told Hearing Examiner John Galt last week in Everett. Port Blakely Tree Farms has applied for preliminary plat approval to build a cluster subdivision at the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and 115th Avenue NE. The development, named Arlington Crest, will consist of 22 single-family homes on 38 acres. Convinced thats too much density, Arlington Heights residents voiced concerns about the impact to public services and water quality at a public hearing. Im concerned about the effect this will have on my mater supply, said adjacent property owner Charles Shipley. Wholl guarantee that the burden placed on the aquifer by the development wont impact my well? Shipley asked. Five wells will serve Arlington Crest, none pumping more than 5,000 gallons per day. Port Blakely is working with the PUD to establish a satellite water system in the eventuality that a water line is extended into the Arlington Heights area. Shipley conceded that the PUD service would resolve many of the problems he foresees, but it is too far down the road to offer any reassurance. Seems like putting the cart before the horse, he said. While saying he has no objection to development, resident Steve Gorr said he believes zoning in the Arlington Heights area should remain 2.3 acres per dwelling. He petitioned Galt to deny permits for the project, saying that if one cluster subdivision is approved, others are sure to follow, brining too many people into the area. Our lifestyles are going to change, he said. Theres no sense in arguing that you dont want them, or that they set a precedent, Galt responded, stating that cluster subdivisions have been allowed under current county ordinances for two years. The County Council already set the precedent. Cluster zoning ordinance meets the objectives of eliminating rural sprawl and concentrating delivery of services to rural areas as mandated by the Snohomish County GMA Comprehensive Plan. By preserving a segment of surrounding terrain, or open space, cluster zoning provides the developer with a 35 percent bonus density. In the case of Arlington Crest, each unit will have a lot size of 1.73 acres.

25 years ago 1981

New owners of Brandstroms Service Station are Mr. and Mrs. Jim Caughlin from Mount Vernon. The Caughlins have two children, Jimmy and Mike. Mr. Caughlin lived most of his life in Mount Vernon and operated Union 76 Service Station on Kincaid off exit 226 for the past six years. The new owner resides in the home adjoining the Shell station (Brandstroms) with his family. He plans to continue the same service as the Brandstroms possibly adding propane gas and U-Haul Rentals if feasible as at his station in Mount Vernon. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brandstrom and son Wayne moved to a home on Camano Island. It was in July 1945, shortly before the end of World War II, the Brandstroms bought from O.T. Stave. For many years it had been know as Staves Corner or Jacobsons Corner in the early homesteading days when Victoria residents walked the trails to get their mail from the long line of mailboxes at Jacobsons. One soon learned to take turns getting the mail. In 1945 Francis was employed in construction in Seattle. His brothers Ansel and Raymond were pilots with the Air Force, Axel was in mechanic work, also in the Air Force, and Ken was on a farm first in Mount Vernon and later in Cedarhome with the senior Brandstroms, Lillian, now Mrs. Alston Holton, and Mildred, now Mrs. Bob Bunney, completed the family. Ansel work at the station for several years, Ken operated the grocery store and gas station from 1945 to 1975 when he became ill and now resides at Josephine Sunset Home. Wayne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Brandstrom, has been working in the store since 1961 and operating it since 1975. Another son Roger worked some in 1957. Many experiences and acquaintances have been acquired by this family in the 36 years of meeting the public. Most have been good and some not so good. There are always those who expect much service for little thanks, if any, but then there is the reward when a stalled motorist on Christmas Day, for instance, gets help and was charged a minimum fee which the stranded man paid in triple for their kindness. Service stations are as a rule good places to stop for directions. The Shell Station was no exception when a fellow drove up from Seattle looking for the University of Washington and another through he should get to Twin City Foods via the Mukilteo ferry system. Among professionals passing through have been Keith Simpson, John Johnson, Suzanne Sommers, Allan Hamel, baseball and hockey players and the blue Angels. A man named Steve Tyson was hiking (for a cancer benefit) from Alaska to California and stopped to sleep on the lawn at the station earlier this year. He returned for a visit last month, having completed his travel in some five months. We will miss the Brandstrom faces at the corner station but wish them enjoyment in their retirement and by the same token extend best wishes to the Caughlins, our new owners.

50 years ago 1956

Another look into the industrial future of this area and the Pacific Northwest as afforded Kiwanians this week, when they heard public relations head, Derrick Humphreys from the Vancouver headquarters of Transmountain Oil Pipeline Corporation tell of the expansion of his companys operations and of the oil industry in general in this region. The prospects of four new oil refineries, and an estimated 57 percent population growth over the next few years, are two signs pointing to a real business boom in Arlingtons back yard, according to Humphreys. He pointed out the growing importance of pipelines as a form of transportation in the United States, stating that at the present time, one out of every eight tons of cargo transported in the U.S. is transported via pipelines. He indicated that some railway companies are considering investment in pipelines of their own, using present rail rights-of-way.

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