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CVH announces tours of new building

Cascade Valley Hospital has announced the beginning of a series of public tours of the new $45 million addition approved by hospital district voters in 2007.

Tours of the building under construction will start at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Tours will begin in front of the construction project at 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington.

Due to the construction in progress, no open-toe shoes are allowed and each participant will be required to sign a release prior to the tour.

For information call the hospital’s Community Relations Department at 360-618-7849.

Walmart submits revised plan to city

Walmart submitted a revised design proposal for its 172nd Street project May 11 and was reviewed Tuesday, May 19 by the Arlington Planning Commission acting as the Design Review Board.

The original proposal was completed Dec. 13, 2004 and approved Feb. 25, 2005.

The original proposal was for a 203,818-square-foot “store of the community,” a program that Walmart was using at the time.

The retail chain has launched a new overall national strategy with a new “spark” logo and complete design change for the exterior of its stores.

The size of the proposed building has been reduced to 161,153-square-feet, with less parking, and there will no longer be a 16-pump gas station. The northwest corner of the site will remain vacant at this time, according to planning commission documents.

Fire closes McDonalds in Smokey Point

Marysville and Arlington fire units were called to the Smokey Point McDonalds, 3529 172nd St. NE about 1 p.m., May 17, according to Arlington’s public information coordinator, Kristin Banfield.

Upon their arrival, the restaurant was already evacuated and smoke was visible from the doorways, she said.

The fire was contained to the kitchen area, primarily the area around the fry cooker. Banfield said that management was in City Hall to get permits for repairs bright and early Monday morning.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal estimated the damage at $50,000. The restaurant was closed until Thursday, when they already complete all fire and smoke damage, according to the city’s building manager, Chris Young.

“We got their permits for repairs ready in about 15 minutes, Young said.

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