The city of Kenmore, Washington, cannot be faulted for its dreams. After its incorporation in 1998 it adapted the tagline “by the Lake” to let the public know that it resides close to the north end of Lake Washington. It might be considered a smart move, since without that notice, you may never know there was a lake there. But the city does have hopes for a future that will feature the lake. Planning began for a mixed use waterfront development back in 1989, long before Kenmore became a city. The development, called “Lakepointe,” was adopted into King County’s Northshore community Plan in 1993. After twenty-three years this dream of a 45 acre lakeside community with shoreline access is still just that – a dream.
For the moment it remains the domain of concrete and gravel trucks, dust, noise (sometimes at deafening levels) with intermittent bouts of hammering pile driving equipment spreading the joys of industrial zoning into neighboring residential and nature reserve areas, routinely beginning before 6:00 in the morning, waking even the soundest sleepers. To be fair, the loud hammering did stop a while back when the pile work was completed. But this was only to be replaced with the equally loud and early hammering of concrete residue from metal forms for use in the construction of the precast deck panels for the SR520 Bridge.