n A new traffic light and road improvements aren’t the only changes about to take place at the intersection of 172nd Street NE and 67th Avenue NE. The 8.8 acres at the northeast corner of the intersection, bordering Highland View Estates, are about to become part of the city of Arlington. If that happens, the area will be slated for “neighborhood commercial” development, which calls for retail business such as clothing and accessory stores, barber shops, grocery stores and gas stations and professional services. It does not allow construction of single-family homes, but does allow apartments on a second or third story above a business. The Arlington City Council last week approved a 60 percent petition on the area owned by Hong Ly. Ly, the only property owner in the proposed annexation submitted a 10 percent notice of intention to annex three months ago. The annexation next goes for a review to Snohomish County. Because of the small size of the proposed annexation and because all the property is owned by one person, the process is expected to go quickly and, if no snags develop, could be completed in a couple of months.
25 years ago — 1983
n If you haven’t been to Darrington yet — or out of Darrington yet — next week is the time to go. Snohomish County Transit initiates its new service up (and down) Highway 530 starting July 5. And the first four days are free. Voters from Trafton to Darrington gave their approval for the transit extension April 5, voting by 81 percent to an additional 3/10ths of one percent to their sales tax to finance the bus service. A “Grand Opening” party will held July 6 in the Darrington Community Center. The Darrington bus service will operate weekdays only, with three trips daily to and from Darrington. The cost of a one-way ticket from Darrington to Arlington is $1.20 — Oso is 60 cents and Everett is $1.80. Senior citizens, disabled persons and students ride at half price.
50 years ago — 1958
n The hot weather which has called for additional water for irrigation purposes and an extra load to supply the Glacier Cold Storage plant which is now moving berries into cold storage, has caused a lengthening of the hours of use of the pumps at the city well and at the filter plant. During the ordinary operation the pumps at the filter plant operate six to eight hours, but on June 5 they suddenly jumped to 14 hours and since June 8 have operated from 14 up to 23.5 hours, the latter on June 18. The cold storage plant used approximately 275,000 gallons of water in eight days according to Water Superintendent Paul Van Horn.