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Globe History 01/09/08
10 years ago 1998
Eagle Hardware is proposing to build a 200,148-square-foot store on 15 acres east of Interstate 5 and south of Food Pavilion Shopping Center in Smokey Point. The hardware, building and garden supply company, which also has stores in Mount Vernon and Everett, recently applied to the Snohomish County Planning and Development Department for a building and grading permit. The proposal is in the review process at the county. Its a large project, said Monica McLaughlin, one of five project reviewers assigned to the proposal. McLaughlins specialty is zoning. Other reviewers look at traffic, building codes, fire codes, drainage and wetlands. Several issues could make the already large project more complicated, McLaughlin said. That includes the proposed filling of a wetland and traffic impacts. According to the proposal, the stores main floor would be 183,604-square-feet, with a 16,544-square-foot mezzanine. Parking spaces are proposed for 586 cars. Water and sewer will be provided by the city of Marysville. The main entrance is planned from Smokey Point Boulevard at 169th Place NE just south of Kentucky Fried Chicken. A second entrance is proposed from 172nd Street NE, near the entrance to Seafirst Bank, which continues behind Food Pavilion. A third access road, for deliveries, is proposed at 168th Place NE, near the Smokey Point Animal Hospital and across from the entrance to Country Manor, the 185-home Navy housing project. Traffic lights have been proposed at 169th and the countys public works department also suggested a light at 168th, McLaughlin said. Because 172nd Street NE is a state highway (SR 531), the state also will review the project for traffic impacts. Depending on what issues arise and how difficult they are to solve, the review process could last for months, McLaughlin said. Once the issues are addressed, a building permit could be issued, she said. The building permit application is good for two years. Once the permit is issued, its good for another two years and the applicant can apply for another two-year renewal. That means breaking ground could be as close as four months away or as far as four years. Smokey Point Animal Hospitals Ron Huitger, who shares a property line with the proposed store, said he isnt sure what Eagles arrival will mean for him. Am I in favor of it? I dont know. Somethings got to go there. It might as well be Eagle. It may be better to have one large store than a bunch of small ones, he said.
The proposed landing of Eagle Hardware in Smokey Point hasnt created a sense of impending doom for local businesses competing for many of the same customers. It has focused attention on what matters most, however. The nuts and bolts of the hardware business is service, owners say. And that wont change. Smokey Point True Values Dave Belcher said Eagle will do some good for the community. Eagle will make Smokey Point more of a center of commerce in north Snohomish County, he said. But he does see some negative impacts. Its going to change the community and increase traffic. Im sure it will have an impact on businesses such as myself, here in Smokey Point, and on those in surrounding areas like Arlington, Stanwood and Marysville. But worrying about it wont help, instead, he said, we need to emphasize the aspects of our stores that differentiate us form the big stores. That includes, he said, providing personal service, being available to answer customer questions and offering things that Eagle doesnt such as True Values Just Ask Rental service. I think those are all important factors the smaller stores have got to offer, he said. Mike Jones of Arlington Hardware and Lumber agrees. Im not terribly worried, Jones said. We will continue to offer good customer service. Generally, he said, The people who stay home and mind their own business keep their business. We have good customers. Jones expects business will drop off after Eagle opens, while people check out the new store. Once the initial curiosity is appeased, he expects his customers will return. People my find [Eagles] service is not as good or the wait is longer or its not easier to find things. Our strength is we have sales people and clerks who know how to fix things. If someone has a problem with an electrical connection or a leaky faucet, we have people on staff who know how to take care of it. Were going to continue to do what we do, he said. Weve got a nice, comfortable store with happy customers. Im hoping it stays that way. Im philosophical about it.
25 years ago 1983
Many of his well-known friends and colleagues were present Monday night to say a few parting words for retiring Marysville court judge Don Beaman. But few said it better than city attorney James Allendoerfer, at a special farewell function at Monday nights City Council meeting, as he bade farewell to Judge Beaman, a man who put in more than 31 years of service as a justice of the peace, district court commissioner and municipal judge. Don Beaman served in a capacity that was more than a judge, Allendoerfer said of Beaman who began a rather unexpected career in the field of justice when he was appointed justice of the peace in 1951. He was grandfatherly. He knew more about the defendants than the defense or the prosecution. The grandparent image he has carries with it a great rehabilitative effect. Ive heard Don say, when someones boy was up on a DWI charge; I know your father, and I know he wouldnt approve. Beaman, who had his wife, Edythe, at his side as court clerk through many of the years, began campaigning for the position of justice of the peace in 1951 although he didnt know it at the time. I was one of the chief complainers, recalled Beaman, who was born in Marysville in 1914. We the business people felt it wasnt such a good court situation here. I have no legal background, but the county approached me and appointed me justice of the peace. Beaman, who became the new justice following the death of J.J. Jacklin in 1951, said he attended several seminars to bone up as the local court system began picking up business. There were very few defense attorneys in those days, recalled Beaman, who sold his insurance business to John Mitchell May 1, still owns Marysville Realty and said he and Edythe will continue to run the license agency and real estate office. It was one on one the officer versus the defendant. While it was a farewell party for Judge Beaman, the evening also signaled the swearing in of Jay Wisman, Cascade District Court judge who will assume the duties Beaman leaves behind. Mayor Daryl Brennick and wife, Joy, hosted a dinner earlier Monday night for Don and Edythe Beaman and Jay Wisman and his wife Marianne. Mayor Brennick called the day a very special day, and presented each of the Beamans with a plaque for their long service and declared Monday, Jan. 10, as Don Beaman Day and Edythe Beaman Day. Allendoerfer said he was speaking for four generations of prosecuting attorneys noting the names of Walter Duncan, Merle Wilcox, himself and his associate Gary Brandstetter. When the judge was leaning to the defense, we would lean over to Edythe, the court clerk, and would whisper in her ear and we could get the whole thing turned around, laughed Allendoerfer. The audience enjoyed the humor, too. Close to 100 people were in attendance, including past mayors, former county prosecutor Russ Juckett, many friends and colleagues, and a strong representation from the Marysville Police Department, including Chief John Faulkner.
50 years ago 1958
Save those old license plates. Those two small bits of metal off your car do no weigh much individually but, when they are combined with thousands of others collected from all over the state, they could bring in a tidy sum for Orthopedic Hospital. All service stations in the area have consented to be collection places for the old plate, so when you have mounted your new plates, put the old one in your car and drop them off the next time you stop for gas. The three Marysville Orthopedic groups, Eugenie Boyd, Marysville First, and the Dr. J.W. Rose, are cooperating in the statewide drive and will pick u p the old plates from the service station receiving points. The money derived from this old plate source will help to continue the hospitals work of caring for and rehabilitating children from this community.