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Railway museum project gets nod from hearing examiner
SNOQUALMIE - The Northwest Railway Museum's efforts to build a Conservation and Restoration Center (CRC) have been approved by a hearing examiner.
Last week, a hearing examiner upheld a decision made by a previous examiner regarding the granting of two variances and a conditional use permit (CUP) to the museum. They are needed in order for the museum to build the 8,180 square-foot CRC that would allow visitors to watch the restoration of train engines and cars.
The ruling followed an appeal filed by an attorney representing the McFadden and Luce families, who both own land near the site of the proposed CRC off Stoen Quarry Road. The families have protested the city's granting of the variances and CUP, saying the project would aggravate flooding and pose an environmental threat to the area.
The most recent appeal came after an initial hearing examiner decision granted the needed city permits to the museum. The Luce and McFadden families contested that the hearing examiner had not properly reviewed testimony regarding the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA).
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