Railway museum project appealed

The King County hearing examiner-approved conditional use permit and variances that would have allowed the Northwest Railway Museum to build a Conservation and Restoration Center (CRC) were appealed last month.

The filing came within the deadline for appealing a decision handed down on Wednesday, Feb. 5, by the King County hearing examiner.

That decision allowed the city of Snoqualmie to grant the museum the permit and variances needed to build the proposed 8,180-square-foot building that would be located off Stoen Quarry Road.

The building would allow visitors to watch museum trains as they are being restored.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the attorney representing Louise Luce and Pam and Frank McFadden, who own land bordering the site, filed an appeal that stated the hearing examiner had ruled "erroneously" by granting the conditional use permit and variances for the CRC near a disputed wetland.

The conditional use permit and variances will now go before the Snoqualmie City Council in quasi-judicial hearings that are tentatively scheduled to begin at the Monday, March 24, City Council meeting.

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