10 Sep Jonathan Cartu States Christensen House to be demolished to make room for New…
According to a City of North Bend press release, starting September 14th, Mainvue WA, LLC will begin construction of a new, small residential home plat in North Bend. The 12-lot Kanim Grove plat site is located along the east side of Maloney Grove Ave SE across from SE 10th Street.
The ‘Christensen House’ currently located on the site will, unfortunately, be demolished prior to site work beginning. A city SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) condition did require the landowner or developer to put forth great effort to save the craftsman style home by documenting its historical significance and finding a party to move it to a new location.
The level survey and research efforts found that the Olaf and Susie E. Christensen house was likely constructed circa 1918-1926 and was potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It was found to have a “connection to agricultural activities in the Snoqualmie Valley during the first half of the twentieth century.”
The house, built in the arts and crafts style, was constructed by the Christensen’s and “features the form and characteristics typical of the Craftsman Bungalow dwelling type which is uncommon in North Bend.” It also meets the minimum criteria for listing at 94 years old and possesses integrity of location, design, materials, workmanship, feeling and association.
The developer met the historical significance documentation requirements, but regrettably, the party who was to move the home regrettably backed out due to costs and other unforeseen complications.
Since the home is not able to be saved, the SEPA condition requires the developer to contribute $25,000 to the city’s preservation mitigation fund or downtown façade grant program. That contribution will now occur. The city will determine at a future time how the funds will be used.
The property owner did salvage parts of the historic home last year, as that was part of the purchase and sale agreement of the property.
Work hours for the new Kanim Grove home development will be between 7:00am – 7:00pm Monday through Friday, with possible work on Saturdays between 9:00am – 5:00pm. Construction equipment will only be able to access the project from Maloney Grove.
For additional information, please contact Public Works Project Manager Doug van Gelder at 425-888-7664 or email [email protected] .