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North Bend hotel: Don't be afraid of change
After reading the letter to the editor in the Aug. 26 edition regarding concerns for the proposed North Bend hotel, we felt compelled to respond.
The letter appears to be based on emotional claims that there may be a possibility of crime, litter, environmental damage, pay-by-the hour clientele, etc. much the same as other information some Forster Woods residents have provided. It’s a shame that a few boisterous individuals are making ridiculous charges and dictating the outcome of this much-needed community enhancement. We would encourage all those in the Valley — not just North Bend — to speak out and make their opinions known.
We have read the charges of litter and crime made by Forster Woods residents, but failed to see them provide any facts that support their charges. Those of us that know the Wyrschs — all generations of them — know they have been one of the most conscientious, fastidious business owners in the Valley. They live in the community that they serve and generously give back to it. Wouldn’t it be far better to have them develop this piece of property rather than some corporation that has no vested interest in the community?
For those residents in Forster Woods that oppose this development, we would like to remind them that many in the Valley were opposed to their area being developed. North Bend was a small community and many people wanted it to stay that way. If they had been successful, Forster Woods and other nice neighborhoods wouldn’t exist. We don’t think the addition of the neighborhood has had a negative impact on North Bend. And we would ask why they are so afraid of change? One thing in life seems to be constant — and that is change. You can accept it and help channel positive change. Or, you can remain stagnant and fearful of the future and see a beautiful area decline.
The Valley is desperately in need of a nice hotel. When guests come to town for functions, they currently have to stay in Issaquah. The proposed location at the interchange of I-90 would be a good location for travelers and to attract tourists wanting to stay for a vacation enjoying the natural beauty of the area. It would also serve as a place for family members to stay while their loved ones are in the hospital. It would bring needed revenue for other businesses in the area and hopefully be the beginning of a regeneration of North Bend.
When we drive back to North Bend, we see a town that looks tired and withering away. When we consider the possibility of moving back to the North Bend, we wonder if this is a city that we want to retire to. Will property values increase? Will services be available? Will this be the thriving center of activity it once was? We notice more vacant storefronts, restaurants that have to close, and lack of any property improvements downtown and wonder what the future of this city is.
We would encourage the mayor, city planners, and city council of North Bend to take a courageous step forward and approve the building of a motel on this site. We would also encourage citizens of North Bend and surrounding towns to show the community spirit that we grew up with in the Snoqualmie Valley and get involved in the community.
Roy and Char Baker