|The "Town Center" Planning Process|
Inquiring minds want to know; Why is the City featuring a design on their website and two
out of three options for a "Town Center" Park which have the Red Brick Road dismantled?
The Red Brick Road (North Trunk Road) is eligible for listing on the National Historic Register.
So we are asking those who care about our heritage to consider carefully how we plan our town center
and how we integrate this historic element into our concept of ourselves.
|Shoreline's Original North Trunk Road|
aka Ronald Place
|Ronald Place "South section" runs past the|
soon to be rebuilt Aurora Rents and Skyline Windows
It was built as a part of the original Highway 99. Judge JT Ronald, a Shoreline pioneer (former Mayor of Seattle) worked with developers at that time to bring the highway north as automobile travel became popular. His family's cottage was actually located right at the intersection of N 175th and the center of Aurora. The story goes that he personally went out and dug the road himself to direct it around his home.
The City's own report dated 8/7/2007, "Cultural Resources Assessment for the Aurora Avenue North Multimodal Corridor Project: N 165th - N 205th St, City of Shoreline, WA" Glen D. Harman, Principal Investigator states;
"The remnants of the North Trunk (Brick) Road on Ronald Place North, thus, are eligible for inclusion in the National Register under crtierion A due to its association with the region's commercial and residential development during the teens and 1920's. During this era development had become more auto-oriented, and centered along major arterials such as the North Trunk Road. In Shoreline, growth spread along the Interurban rail line and the expanding road network centered along the North Trunk Road. While a section of the brick road north of 175th was recently demolished for commercial development, the remaining segments of the Brick Road have retained integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association. These segments are the only surviving examples of the North Trunk (Brick) Road, and one of the few brick roads left in King and Snohomish Counties.
But here is the way this precious piece of our history is currently being treated.
The City is now conducting a process, asking citizens to contribute their opinions about how to
design our Town Center area (located between 173rd-189th and between Linden and Stone), which is
scheduled for a "Rezone". Also up for consideration is the "Town Center Park" which is now known as the Interurban Park between Midvale Ave N and Aurora.
These are crucial design processes which will make a huge difference on the character of our City as we move forward in the 21st Century.
If you would like to contribute and let your voice be heard follow this link.
Next Thursday there is an important Planning Commission meeting to discuss these issues.
It will be held at 7pm at City Hall.
It is up to the citizens to oversee and watchdog this process. Otherwise it will be the OUTSIDE consultants who make the crucial decisions about OUR City. Our future and our history!