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Lane proposes car dealership on 59th NW

The big brick house at 59th Avenue and SR 530 was built by Jack Gray, then owner of Arlington Hardware, in the 1960s, and it was used for fire training earlier this month. It is now gone, making way for a car dealership proposed by Dwayne Lane. Lane has been keeping his business fleet of vehicles on the lot for the past 10 years, and is now going forward with a development plan. Meanwhile, his property on the I-5 corridor is officially in Arlington. - SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times
The big brick house at 59th Avenue and SR 530 was built by Jack Gray, then owner of Arlington Hardware, in the 1960s, and it was used for fire training earlier this month. It is now gone, making way for a car dealership proposed by Dwayne Lane. Lane has been keeping his business fleet of vehicles on the lot for the past 10 years, and is now going forward with a development plan. Meanwhile, his property on the I-5 corridor is officially in Arlington.
— image credit: SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times

ARLINGTON — While the city continues in its process of annexing Island Crossing into the city of Arlington, Dwayne Lane is now proposing a new development for a car dealership on land he owns at 59th Avenue Northwest and SR 530, west of downtown.

The Dwayne Lane Chevrolet proposal was presented to the Arlington Planning Commission Design Review Board Tuesday, Dec. 16.

“We hope to go forward with this project, if someone is making Chevies next year,” said the architect, Gary Parkinson, when he answered questions from the planning commission, serving as design review board. The single-story, metal-covered pole building will be located on the back half of the lot, with the front half to be used for displaying vehicles, Parkinson explained.

The 8,654-square-foot auto dealership building will include service bays and as showroom, on 8.75 acres.

The DRB approved the project with some minor conditions.

County judge nixes county’s restraining order

In one of few cases not cancelled by snow last week Judge Ellen Fair ruled in favor of Arlington Dec. 18, revoking the temporary restraining order on action in Island Crossing.

“Arlington won. They removed the county’s restraining order,” Arlington’s assistant city administrator Kristin Banfield told The Arlington Times Friday morning.

“We are very pleased with the ruling and are looking forward to working with our new residents,” said Mayor Margaret Larson.

The city’s attorney, Steve Peiffle, noted that he was expecting it go to Arlington’s way.

“It had to be our lucky day,” Peiffle said, adding it was the 13th appeal in the long, 15-year process of trying to annex Island Crossing into the city.

“The county has the right to file an appeal,” Peiffle said. “But it’s all good for the time being.” He said it took Judge Fair about 30 minutes to make the decision.

“She was very thoughtful and well prepared,” he said.

“She noted that the state supreme court made its decision in favor of Arlington. The county can’t have it both ways.”

Banfield added, “According to Snohomish County Superior Court, the annexation is legal and valid. The entire area [Island Crossing] was and continues to be in the city’s UGA.

“Our next step is to begin transitioning permits and police coverage to the City.”

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