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Should there be a solid waste transfer station in Auburn?

The Fiscally Responsible Option: Expanded Algona Transfer Station and not locating in North Auburn.

The site that is most viable for King County, for the community and for fiscal responsibility is an expanded Algona Garbage Transfer Station - not in North Auburn. Here’s why:

  • In 2012, King County Solid Waste purchased 16 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the current Algona Garbage Transfer Station, which could accommodate the expansion without additional land purchase or changes to existing zoning. 
  • Unlike the North Auburn site, the current Algona Garbage Transfer Station is not adjacent to existing residential neighborhoods and is already zoned for this use.
  • Improving the Algona Garbage Transfer Station would cost roughly $8 million, rather than the astounding $127 million to construct yet another new transfer station in Auburn. 
  • The existing Garbage Transfer Station has been in Algona and the community has evolved around it. 
  • The Algona Garbage Transfer Station is less impactful to the community being sandwiched between SR 167 and the hillside.  The North Auburn site is much more impactful to the neighborhood. 
  • The Algona Garbage Transfer Station has no direct residential connection as homes are perched far above on hill with no direct access.  The North Auburn site would have substantial traffic impacts to residents and businesses. 
  • Algona businesses have also developed around and become accustomed to operating adjacent to current Algona Garbage Transfer Station.   
  • The Algona Garbage Transfer Station has superior freeway access to SR 167 and SR 18 with onramps in close vicinity therefore reducing traffic and road impacts.  West Valley Highway would be at a traffic standstill with a transfer station in North Auburn. 
  • In comparison to North Auburn, the existing Algona Garbage Transfer Station is less environmentally sensitive with reduced impact to steams, wetlands, fish and wildlife and wells with drinking water. 
  • Unlike North Auburn, the Algona Garbage Transfer Station does not impact existing preserved farmland and area food production. 
  • The existing Algona Garbage Transfer Station has a simpler and less expensive EIS process therefore saving time and hundreds of thousands of dollars. 
  • Unlike North Auburn, the Algona Garbage Transfer Station is well above the flood plain with the ability to operate in a flood event while not causing widespread contamination.     
  • King County has already spent millions of dollars acquiring adjacent land parcels in Algona and has the ability to remodel, expand and/or rebuild the existing Algona Transfer Station there with less risk. 
  • The North Auburn site has school bus stop serving children at existing residences and farms which share the same street.  Garbage trucks and children don’t mix. 

Thank you!

Nathan J.


Thank you for your ongoing support of businesses and commercial property owners in the City of Auburn.  Additionally, we appreciate your shared concern of a potential garbage transfer station being located in Auburn. 

Our collation represents nearly every property owner located near 28721 West Valley Highway in Auburn, as well as many of the City’s largest businesses and property owners. The site mentioned above is currently under consideration by King County as a possible location for a new $127 million South King County garbage transfer station.

We are concerned with a garbage transfer station being located in North Auburn for the following reasons:

Negative Economic Impacts:

  1. Negative fiscal impacts to surrounding property values for property owners which additionally impacts real estate tax revenue for the City of Auburn, emergency services and local school districts. 
  2. Negative fiscal impacts to surrounding businesses due to the real and perceived notion of being sited in proximity to a garbage transfer station. 
  3. Negative fiscal impacts to commercial vacancy rates, tenant lease negotiations and business relocation in North Auburn. 
  4. Removal of real property from property tax base in perpetuity verses allowing a revenue generating private development to take place. 
  5. Loss of potential sales tax income from reduced retail sales with locating a garbage transfer station in North Auburn. 
  6. Increased garbage rates from building an unneeded $127 million garbage transfer station during challenging economic conditions is not the best use of the public’s money.  A remodel of the existing Algona transfer station would cost only $8 million. 
  7. The siting of a garbage transfer station would reduce the City of Auburn’s job creation capacity and result in the loss of a minimum of 223 manufacturing related jobs.  Because the City of Auburn is targeting family wage/manufacturing employment businesses, this would be a significant loss of job producing capacity in the City.
  8. The North Auburn site is located in a designated Gateway to Auburn.  A garbage transfer station sited in the area conveys a real and perceived negative impression of the City of Auburn. 
  9. Emerald Downs is a regional economic and tourism facility.  Visitors traveling to and from Emerald Downs will have a perceived and real negative perception of the City of Auburn when passing or stuck in traffic in reference to a garbage transfer station. 
  10. The North Auburn site is currently slated for private development which is a positive addition to the City and more of a public benefit than a garbage transfer station.  The City of Auburn should encourage private development and discourage the siting of a garbage transfer station. 

Land Use Impacts:

  1. Solid Waste Processing Facilities are considered a heavy industrial use.  A garbage transfer station is not compatible with surrounding residential, agricultural, tourism, retail, commercial and light industrial uses. 
  2. As per City of Auburn Zoning Code, Chapter 18.34.040 (O); M2 Heavy Industrial Zone:  Solid Waste Transfer Stations are permitted with a conditional use permit.  Solid Waste Processing Facilities are not permitted in M1 Zoning in North Auburn.  
  3. Motor Freight Transportation is a key component of a Solid Waste Transfer Station which is allowed under M2 Zoning but not under M1 Zoning.  In M1 Zoning, motor freight transportation is permitted as an incidental use, but specifically excludes motor freight transportation as a principal use of the property.  (City of Auburn Zoning Code Chapter 18.32.020 (BB). 
  4. Garbage transfer station nuisances in terms of air and water pollution, noise, vibration, glare and odor are not appropriate in M1 Zoning and should be located in M2 Zoning.

Transportation Impacts:

  1. A potential garbage transfer station in North Auburn will add over 300,000 annual vehicle trips to West Valley Highway, which is already beyond capacity. 
  2. Siting a garbage transfer station has an inordinately heavy impact to transportation routes including primary routes to the Ports of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma. 
  3. Traffic is already at a standstill during the peak PM rush hour on West Valley Highway in North Auburn.  Siting a garbage transfer station in North Auburn would add to an existing traffic and congestion problem on West Valley Highway and surround roads. 
  4. The addition of 300,000 vehicle trips from a garbage transfer station will add congestion to the area will make it difficult for customers to access Emerald Downs and businesses in North Auburn. 
  5. Additional traffic and congestion to North Auburn will make it difficult for surrounding business to conduct business in a timely manner.
  6. Motor freight transportation is a primary function of a garbage transfer station.  M1 Zoning states that motor freight transportation is only meant to be incidental.

Environmental Impacts:

  1. The proposed garbage transfer station will be highly impactful to the surrounding environment. 
  2. Environmental impacts such as air and water pollution, noise, vibration, glare and odor will be many times greater at a garbage transfer station than an alternative commercial/light industrial use. 

A garbage transfer station is a harmful addition to the City of Auburn, for its citizens, business and property owners.  We ask for the City of Auburn’s continued leadership opposing and protecting the City from the siting a garbage transfer station in North Auburn. 

Thank you for your attention to our comments. 

Sincerely,

John B.


King County Solid Waste has stated that south King County is in need of a new solid waste transfer station.  Three possible sites are still on the list - two in Auburn, and one in Algona next to the current site.  What are your thoughts about a new station being located in Auburn?

The two sites that King County has identified as possible locations to build their garbage transfer station are key locations that contribute to the identity of the City of Auburn. The first and preferred site is on property that is the Northwest Gateway to Auburn, where we should be welcoming people to Auburn. The second site neighbors The Outlet Collection Seattle, formerly known as the SuperMall. Neither site is suitable for a garbage transfer station and building a garbage station in one of these key sites or anywhere in Auburn must be opposed.

King County Solid Waste Department is overbuilding its waste transfer system. Its tonnage forecast is off by over 50%. Currently, two of its new transfer stations are operating well below capacity—Shoreline is operating at 25% capacity and Bow Lake is operating around 50% capacity. Tonnage is what pays for the capital costs to build these monstrous stations--$120 million each. If numbers are off, who is going to pay the difference?

Building another supersized transfer station in Auburn is not the answer. A remodel of Algona and redirecting some of the hauled garbage is the responsible answer. Some garbage, such as Federal Way’s garbage, could be rerouted to Bow Lake. The current Algona site could be remodeled, and if needed, expansion could occur on the adjacent multi-acre property which King County Solid Waste already owns! King County Solid Waste estimated an Algona remodel would be approximately $10 Million. Remodeling Algona and redirecting garbage traffic so the system is balanced could mean building a transfer system that is functionally, environmentally and economically friendly. And King County could save over $100 million in capital costs!

The proposed garbage transfer building requires 15-20 acres. The City of Auburn will receive no real estate taxes from King County on this land. As well, jobs and business will be lost.  Property values, sales taxes, population increase and new jobs all add to the City of Auburn’s tax base. Will a garbage transfer station in the residential neighborhood of Northwest Auburn be a selling attraction to homebuyers? Over 350 of the current families living in Northwest Auburn don’t think so. Will a garbage transfer station next to our biggest shopping mall in Auburn attract shoppers? I don’t think so. Will businesses and residents want to operate or live across the street from or in the vicinity of a garbage transfer station? Definitely not.  

Looking at the bigger picture, a firmer reason for opposing the garbage transfer station in Auburn is the future of King County’s waste management. In 2025, the only landfill in King County, Cedar Hills Landfill will close. Currently, King County has no plan in place of where they will dispose of its 800,000+ tons of waste each year. Shipping waste out-of-county or out-of-state by rail is expensive and a logistical challenge—especially with all the coal freight that will be travelling via rail. The alternative is Waste-to-Energy technology, such as incineration. My concern is that further green industry, such as Waste-to-Energy will be built near the garbage transfer stations. If Auburn is chosen for the South King County transfer station, will it become King County’s waste management dumping ground?

For the past year, the City of Auburn, Auburn businesses and Auburn residents have stood up and opposed a King County garbage transfer station being built in Auburn. Thank you for your commitment and your voice, and, most importantly, representing your people. I hope that the City of Auburn will continue to work with its businesses and its people to stop a King County garbage transfer station from being built in Auburn.

Sincerely,

Cindy F.


I am writing to express my strong opposition to siting a transfer station at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn.  I cannot overstate what a bad idea I think this is, and I am mystified as to why King County Solid Waste would even be considering this as a transfer station site.  Here are some reasons I think this site should not even be up for discussion:

  • It is a wetlands area, with a diverse selection of wildlife that should not be disturbed.
  • There are homes directly across the street from this area that would be negatively impacted to the point where I wonder if their homes would have any value at all if this is built.
  • This is an agricultural area, which is totally inappropriate for this type of huge warehouse.
  • Traffic on West Valley Highway would be greatly impacted by the coming and going of large trash trucks.
  • Businesses in the area could suffer from the increased traffic, noise, and possible odors.
  • Building a new transfer station at this site would be more expensive than rebuilding on property King County already owns.

If you have any input into the decision-making about this property, please consider what a negative impact this could have on the businesses, homes, and wildlife in this area.

Thank you.

Cathy B.


I am writing in response to your April 4th request for feedback concerning King County's siting of a new solid waste transfer station in Auburn. As a resident of Auburn's west hill, I am  strongly opposed to King County' preferred site at 28721 West Valley. My concerns include the impact on the local Auburn neighborhoods, property values, environment  concerns as well as huge traffic issues. Last year I learned that the current Algona site services 2,700 vehicles each week. I can't imagine the impact this would have on Auburn if the 28721 West Valley site is chosen.
 
This siting process has been ongoing  for quite some time. Last year  the City of Auburn expressed its concern and opposition to the north Auburn location to King County.  The county is now expecting a siting decision to be announced in June. It is once again time for Auburn to give an emphatic "NO" to King County.  The Algona site is a viable option and the location appears to have worked well for the past 50 year.I support continued opposition to any Auburn siting.
 
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
 
Kathleen C.


This is the last thing we need to be located on West Valley Hwy.  The road has excessive amounts of traffic, it would be noisy, there would be odors and expensive in a time we should be conserving tax dollars not spending them on this new project . 

There is sufficient land to expand the existing station and would be a third as expensive.

Sincerely:

Myron L.


Please listen to the wishes of the people whom you represent. 28721 West Valley Highway is not a suitable site for a DUMP.  Please support the initiative to oppose this location.  I am a resident of Auburn and this area is close to many neighborhoods and will decrease the quality of life for many families.  This area is obviously wetlands and the roads cannot support the kind of traffic associated with a DUMP.  In addition,  the cost is outrageous!!!

Cyndie K.


King County's "preferred site" at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn is the wrong choice for a new transfer station:

The Neighborhood:  A residential community is located right next to the proposed site.  Some of the homes are just across the street - just a basketball toss away.  Residents are justifiably concerned about noise, odor, traffic and water issues . . . not to mention the likely decline in property values.  A transfer station here would likely destroy this established neighborhood.

Local Businesses:  Many small businesses are located within a five-minute walk of the site.  They would be hurt by the traffic disruption that dozens of additional trucks per day would create on West Valley Highway, as well as the noise and potential odor. Property owners would likely suffer from increased vacancy rates as tenants move elsewhere - reducing the business community's vitality.

Agriculture:  A substantial amount of agriculture takes place within a half-mile radius. We are concerned about the transfer station's impact on nearby farms, flower businesses, horses and llamas, nurseries and landscaping businesses.

Traffic:  West Valley Highway is already severely tied up at certain times of day, and the roadway is showing serious signs of wear.  The addition of dozens of commercial trucks and a steady stream of self-haul vehicles will worsen the congestion and further deteriorate the roadway.  It has the potential to back up traffic onto S. 277th Street during rush hour, and will likely increase the trash-truck traffic through nearby neighborhoods.

Historical Importance:  The area is rich in history.  Japanese-Americans farmed this land before it was seized when they were interned during World War II.  Ito Brothers Strawberry Farm on West Valley Highway, founded in 1908, was one of the first to introduce strawberries as a crop in the area.

Equity:  With Bow Lake already the largest transfer station in the system, building another a few miles away would make South King County the "dumping ground" for the majority of the county's waste.

Peter S.


Hope you are keeping everybody happy! 

Just asking for your support one more time in pushing back King County on any site in Auburn.  I’m hearing rumors that Algona may want to do the upgrade/renovation.  I hope that is accurate. 

Thanks for all your support.  I hope you are enjoying the start of your new career.

Best,

Tom S.


Thank you for asking for input from those that you serve.  It gives people a voice and a sense of involvement in their community as well as a belief that our elected officials are listening.  With that being said, I would like to once again state my opposition to placing a transfer station in my backyard and in your backyard that you serve as well.If Auburn is truly wanting to “Imagine More” and be a city that people want to improve, live and work here, I don’t really think that placing a transfer station on West Valley Hwy will bolster that imagine that we want for Auburn.  Let reduce, reuse and remodel the current site in Algona.  Thank you for your time.   Listed below is just a few other important reasons.

King County’s “preferred site” at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn is the wrong choice for a new transfer station:

The Neighborhood: A residential community is located right next to the proposed site.  Some of the homes are just across the street — just a basketball toss away.  Residents are justifiably concerned about noise, odor, traffic and water issues . . . not to mention the likely decline in property values.  A transfer station here would likely destroy this established neighborhood.

Local Businesses:  Many small businesses are located within a five-minute walk of the site.  They would be hurt by the traffic disruption that dozens of additional trucks per day would create on West Valley Highway, as well as the noise and potential odor. Property owners would likely suffer from increased vacancy rates as tenants move elsewhere — reducing the business community’s vitality.

Agriculture:  A substantial amount of agriculture takes place within a half-mile radius. We are concerned about the transfer station’s impact on nearby farms, flower businesses, horses and llamas, nurseries and landscaping businesses.

Traffic:  West Valley Highway is already severely tied up at certain times of day, and the roadway is showing serious signs of wear.  The addition of dozens of commercial trucks and a steady stream of self-haul vehicles will worsen the congestion and further deteriorate the roadway.  It has the potential to back up traffic onto S. 277th Street during rush hour, and will likely increase the trash-truck traffic through nearby neighborhoods.

Historical Importance:  The area is rich in history.  Japanese-Americans farmed this land before it was seized when they were interned during World War II.  Ito Brothers Strawberry Farm on West Valley Highway, founded in 1908, was one of the first to introduce strawberries as a crop in the area.

Equity: With Bow Lake already the largest transfer station in the system, building another a few miles away would make South King County the “dumping ground” for the majority of the county’s waste.

Sincerely,

Doreen D.


King County’s “preferred site” at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn is the wrong choice for a new transfer station:

The Neighborhood:  A residential community is located right next to the proposed site.  Some of the homes are just across the street — just a basketball toss away.  Residents are justifiably concerned about noise, odor, traffic and water issues . . . not to mention the likely decline in property values.  A transfer station here would likely destroy this established neighborhood.

A residential community is located right next to the proposed site.  Some of the homes are just across the street — just a basketball toss away.  Residents are justifiably concerned about noise, odor, traffic and water issues . . . not to mention the likely decline in property values.  A transfer station here would likely destroy this established neighborhood.

Local Businesses:  Many small businesses are located within a five-minute walk of the site.  They would be hurt by the traffic disruption that dozens of additional trucks per day would create on West Valley Highway, as well as the noise and potential odor. Property owners would likely suffer from increased vacancy rates as tenants move elsewhere — reducing the business community’s vitality.
Agriculture:  A substantial amount of agriculture takes place within a half-mile radius. We are concerned about the transfer station’s impact on nearby farms, flower businesses, horses and llamas, nurseries and landscaping businesses.

Traffic:  West Valley Highway is already severely tied up at certain times of day, and the roadway is showing serious signs of wear.  The addition of dozens of commercial trucks and a steady stream of self-haul vehicles will worsen the congestion and further deteriorate the roadway.  It has the potential to back up traffic onto S. 277th Street during rush hour, and will likely increase the trash-truck traffic through nearby neighborhoods.

Historical Importance:  The area is rich in history.  Japanese-Americans farmed this land before it was seized when they were interned during World War II.  Ito Brothers Strawberry Farm on West Valley Highway, founded in 1908, was one of the first to introduce strawberries as a crop in the area.

Equity:  With Bow Lake already the largest transfer station in the system, building another a few miles away would make South King County the “dumping ground” for the majority of the county’s waste.

Also... has anyone thought about the rodents that will migrate up the hill to our homes.  It has happened to me when I was living on Queen Ann and the Seattle Center decided to remodel and rebuild.  The City of Seattle had to provide rat poison to all of the homes on Queen Ann.  It took over a year to clear them out. I don't want our wonderful wild life at risk so just the county can have their transfer station.  The other location has been bought for this purpose.  Don't destroy our way of life just so the City of Auburn has money.  We moved here because we like it as it is.

Wendy M.


I live up the hill from the proposed site at 28721 West Valley.  It does not make sense to me to put a new dump site there when they can just put it near the existing site.  The proposed site is too near neighborhoods and schools.  

Susan W.


As a home owner on the west hill of Auburn, my husband and I agree the King Co dump, should stay at the location in Algona. Just expand, and make use of the property the county already owns.  The County station in Tukwila, was expanded and made more efficient. I believe the location in Auburn, on West  Valley Hwy, will have a negative impact on our community. These neighborhoods an new neighborhoods that are currently being built, will lose value. The Algona location, dose not have strong family neighborhoods in it's immediate area. Tax revenue is important to our community and schools. So, with that being said, let's keep our neighborhood's health, our home values health. For the next generation.

Thank you

Roy and Tonya W.


This is to inform you that we are opposed to a transfer dump located in the Auburn Valley at 28721 West Valley Hwy.

This is absolutely the wrong location in this fertile historic valley.

This would have a huge negative effect on business, residential and roads in this area.

Please vote no for this transfer station.

Thank you,

Deidre D.


I am writing you to convey my strong concerns about the proposed transfer station on West Valley Highway. 

Please consider that traffic is already problematic along this section of road. Adding to this already congested roadway makes little sense. Additionally, it would be too close to a major residential neighborhood. There HAS to be better options. 

I am very concerned that this site is even being considered. I trust you will ensure the transfer station is situated in a more appropriate place. 

Thank You, 

Diane C.


About a year an a half ago, you and other Council members held a forum where local residents could express their objection and disgust with the possibility that Auburn  West Hill area would be selected as the new site for the  newest garbage dump.

You were nice enough to allow us to voice our opinions,  and you personally told our group of West Hill residents that this was all "Mayor Lewis' idea , who was conveniently absent from the meeting.  You and the other Council members also expressed that this was definitely not "your" idea, and that Mayor Lewis was the one behind this move.

Being Pete Lewis' proxy to ascend to the office of Mayor, we say congratulations, and now  ask that you go on record as to your position on this issue.   Are you in favor of, and pushing for the selection of the Auburn West Hill base  area as your prerogative.  I believe you are well aware of our sentiment.

sincerely.

Bob M.


Thank you for asking for feedback on the proposed dump in Auburn.  My family, my neighbors and I STRONGLY OPPOSE this site.  We ask that you do all in your power to stop it from ruining the precious land and habitat on the site.
 
Sincerely,
Susanne M.


Please add our voices and votes to those who object to the siting of a Transfer Station on West Valley Highway. 

Thank you,

David and Kim F.


I am confused as to why this is still a subject to discuss, as I last thought I read in the Auburn Reported that Nancy Backus and the City of Auburn city council was opposed to the site at 28821 West Valley Highway on so many levels and for so many reasons.   Then I get this flyer from our new mayor asking for our options for the new site with this site still being favored by King County.    This is to let you know I oppose the building of this dump station AGAIN  and AGAIN  and AGAIN!!  PLEAESE

Stand my your last comments and have King County consider one of the other two sites which would be far more suitable to our environment , our neighbors and other business that are already clogging West Valley to the point of stupidity.

All of us who live on the West Hill and who were annexed to the City of Auburn with the promise of giving us “more than we could imagine” hope you are serious about your commitment to all of us to make our area and better place and to respect

The environment in which we live and work.   West Valley if a nightmare for traffic already and this new site would make it impossible to live in this area…once again giving us more than we could ever have imagined from King County.

Sincerely,

Karen N.


Add me to the list of the opposed to the North Auburn Transfer Station site at 28721 West Valley Highway.

This will destroy my property value, put excessive traffic on West Valley, bring noxious birds to the area, destroy owl habitat and basically ruin North Auburn.

OPPOSED

Thanks,
Julie M.


This is to advise the Mayor and anyone else in the decision making process regarding the location of the new landfill that the citizens in the neighborhoods of Woodbrook, Highlands at Woodbrook, and surrounding neighborhoods adamantly oppose the placement of the new landfill facility on the North Auburn West Valley highway location. This facility would be noisy, unattractive, and a real detriment to our neighborhood. We would have never bought a new or existing home in this area had we known a landfill would be placed right below or in close proximity to where we live. We don't want to hear it all night long and don't need the traffic in the area that a facility like this would bring. If you insist on developing North Auburn, how about a coffee shop or a neighborhood friendly facility more appropriate for this location. 

There is nothing wrong with the existing landfill in Algona and seems to meet the needs of the community. When city and county budgets are so tight, why would our tax payer dollars be spent on something we do not need. Especially when the county already owns the property adjacent to the existing Algona site. Why buy new property? We do not understand why the North Auburn site is considered the site of choice when there is so much water in there, no one has been able to build in there for years. We don't understand why building in that location is such a good idea now.

Please consider leaving the landfill where it already exists.     

Thank you,

Marilyn N.


Why are we still considering putting the transfer station at the North Auburn proposed site?  This should option was not even on the table on the first round of "best locations".  Putting it here will impact the homeowners, wetland, and traffic in an already busy location.  The road cannot handle this, nor can the residents of northern Auburn.  It defies logic, so let's be sensible and expand the Algona site.  Why wouldn't you?  I voted for you and I hope you do the right thing for Auburn.

Sincerely,

Michael D.


We strongly oppose  the proposed North Auburn transfer station site.  Do not let King County build this station in north Auburn.

R & K W.


My family has been a resident of the City of Auburn since 1977 for 37 years. We have resided on S 292nd St for 12 years, previously on Lea Hill. We chose to move to this location for the quite peaceful neighborhood it  once was. I used to look out my window to beautiful green trees. Now there is Span Alaska with their lights shining in my window every night. Then we come home and there is Omega construction company across the street with all of their noise.

While battling cancer for 2 years I had to listen to the back up beeping noises of the equipment, the clanking of the tractor dumping debris in dumpster's all day long. From 5:30 AM until 10:00 PM. Per the City of Auburn that is acceptable noise ordinance for a business.

Now you want to add to it by adding a dump a half a mile from our house. We are on a well system for our water. Which we do not want this contaminated so we can incur more disease in the long term. Listen to the noise all night long as it will be a 24 hour transfer station. We already have more traffic on West Valley Highway than it can handle in this area. Try driving this road the from 3-6 PM, the transfer station would add approximately 385 additional cars per day to the this road that is already congested. If you add an accident on 167 then  traffic detours to West Valley Highway. It will take hours for people to get through the congestion.

Then you add that the farms all around the area. The transfer station will contaminate the ground and all of the produce that our families will be consuming. Which will in turn cause more disease to our families. More carcinogens which will cause cancer and other diseases. Do you want to feed your family contaminated foods? Do you want to have a transfer station in your back yard?

If you look at the City of Auburn, the businesses are leaving, going out of business. Has anyone asked themselves why that is? The strip mall on Auburn Way N and 15th St. Most of the stores are gone. Some new buildings have gone up, They start new businesses and they don't last long. Do you think people want to enter the city of Auburn going by a transfer station. You should be thinking of ways to keep businesses and people in this community. There is a lot of people that have put up for sale signs. Which no one will buy there house or business being on the same street as a transfer station. If you want to run people and businesses out of the City of Auburn then go forward with the transfer station in Auburn. If you want to keep the tax paying citizens in this community then fight for your people. That is the job of our elected officials. Listen to the people.

Thank you,

Jeaninne W.


As a business owner in Auburn, I urge you to oppose the north auburn transfer station site.

Tom L.


The Algona site would be best because it has less impact on the residential neighborhoods. North Auburn is not appropriate for this very reason.

Thank you.

Teresa and Gerald D.


The garbage station certainly does not fit well with the mall and next door to Long Horn B-B-Q. 

Bob Z.


Keep it in Algona. Expand the current site. Why mess with what people know & are ok with.

Jeanette M.


As a resident nearby the proposed transfer station site, I along with my neighbors are opposed to the location for the following reasons: 

The Neighborhood: A residential community is located right next to the proposed site. Some of the homes are just across the street — just a basketball toss away. Residents are justifiably concerned about noise, odor, traffic and water issues . . . not to mention the likely decline in property values. A transfer station here would likely destroy this established neighborhood.

Local Businesses: Many small businesses are located within a five-minute walk of the site. They would be hurt by the traffic disruption that dozens of additional trucks per day would create on West Valley Highway, as well as the noise and potential odor. Property owners would likely suffer from increased vacancy rates as tenants move elsewhere — reducing the business community’s vitality.

Agriculture: A substantial amount of agriculture takes place within a half-mile radius. We are concerned about the transfer station’s impact on nearby farms, flower businesses, horses and llamas, nurseries and landscaping businesses.

Traffic: West Valley Highway is already severely tied up at certain times of day, and the roadway is showing serious signs of wear. The addition of dozens of commercial trucks and a steady stream of self-haul vehicles will worsen the congestion and further deteriorate the roadway. It has the potential to back up traffic onto S. 277th Street during rush hour, and will likely increase the trash-truck traffic through nearby neighborhoods.

Historical Importance: The area is rich in history. Japanese-Americans farmed this land before it was seized when they were interned during World War II. Ito Brothers Strawberry Farm on West Valley Highway, founded in 1908, was one of the first to introduce strawberries as a crop in the area.
Equity: With Bow Lake already the largest transfer station in the system, building another a few miles away would make South King County the “dumping ground” for the majority of the county’s waste. 

In addition, sometimes we have to think more about others than what ever benefits that seem to be appealing to you and others. I can't imagine the positives ever outweighing the negatives. I moved to this area for its beauty. Please don't take that away. There has to be other sites less noticeable to residents and small businesses that can be considered. You will only cause more residents to move away, which takes away more money from Auburn in the long run. Please do the right thing here. 

Sincerely,
Jaimi and Nathan J


Here are our positions why a transfer station at 28721 West Valley Highway is the wrong choice.
King County’s “preferred site” at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn is the wrong choice for a new transfer station:

The Neighborhood: A residential community is located right next to the proposed site. Some of the homes are just across the street — just a basketball toss away. Residents are justifiably concerned about noise, odor, traffic and water issues . . . not to mention the likely decline in property values. A transfer station here would likely destroy this established neighborhood.

Local Businesses: Many small businesses are located within a five-minute walk of the site. They would be hurt by the traffic disruption that dozens of additional trucks per day would create on West Valley Highway, as well as the noise and potential odor. Property owners would likely suffer from increased vacancy rates as tenants move elsewhere — reducing the business community’s vitality.

Agriculture: A substantial amount of agriculture takes place within a half-mile radius. We are concerned about the transfer station’s impact on nearby farms, flower businesses, horses and llamas, nurseries and landscaping businesses.

Traffic: West Valley Highway is already severely tied up at certain times of day, and the roadway is showing serious signs of wear. The addition of dozens of commercial trucks and a steady stream of self-haul vehicles will worsen the congestion and further deteriorate the roadway. It has the potential to back up traffic onto S. 277th Street during rush hour, and will likely increase the trash-truck traffic through nearby neighborhoods.

Historical Importance: The area is rich in history. Japanese-Americans farmed this land before it was seized when they were interned during World War II. Ito Brothers Strawberry Farm on West Valley Highway, founded in 1908, was one of the first to

Equity: With Bow Lake already the largest transfer station in the system, building another a few miles away would make South King County the “dumping ground” for the majoricounty’s waste. 

Sincerely,
Richard M.


Here are our positions why a transfer station at 28721 West Valley Highway is not the right site.
King County’s “preferred site” at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn is the wrong choice for a new transfer station:

The Neighborhood: A residential community is located right next to the proposed site. Some of the homes are just across the street — just a basketball toss away. Residents are justifiably concerned about noise, odor, traffic and water issues . . . not to mention the likely decline in property values. A transfer station here would likely destroy this established neighborhood.

Local Businesses: Many small businesses are located within a five-minute walk of the site. They would be hurt by the traffic disruption that dozens of additional trucks per day would create on West Valley Highway, as well as the noise and potential odor. Property owners would likely suffer from increased vacancy rates as tenants move elsewhere — reducing the business community’s vitality.

Agriculture: A substantial amount of agriculture takes place within a half-mile radius. We are concerned about the transfer station’s impact on nearby farms, flower businesses, horses and llamas, nurseries and landscaping businesses.

Traffic: West Valley Highway is already severely tied up at certain times of day, and the roadway is showing serious signs of wear. The addition of dozens of commercial trucks and a steady stream of self-haul vehicles will worsen the congestion and further deteriorate the roadway. It has the potential to back up traffic onto S. 277th Street during rush hour, and will likely increase the trash-truck traffic through nearby neighborhoods.

Historical Importance: The area is rich in history. Japanese-Americans farmed this land before it was seized when they were interned during World War II. Ito Brothers Strawberry Farm on West Valley Highway, founded in 1908, was one of the first to introduce strawberries as a crop in the area.
Equity: With Bow Lake already the largest transfer station in the system, building another a few miles away would make South King County the “dumping ground” for the majority of the county’s waste.

Jurgen R.


Both the North Auburn and Super Mall site alternatives are terrible. Why on Earth would KCSWD want to trash a neighborhood of 3,000 voting residents in the North Auburn area? Why would KCSWD want to pile up garbage by the Super Mall (aka Outlet Collection)? Remember in a natural disaster, all the destruction waste will be sent to the transfer station. It’s just a very poor choice for KCSWD to locate in Auburn. What’s wrong with renovating the existing Algona transfer station?

Jon L.


Please do not select the 28721 West Valley Highway site for the new garbage transfer station. This site is located in close proximity to residential neighborhoods, Meredith Hill Elementary school, in addition next to the residents living adjacent to the proposed site. There currently is a new housing tract (approximately 100+ new homes) under development with in 1/4 mile of the propose dump site. This proposed site is literally located in middle of neighborhoods where people live. The traffic in and out of this area is already congested; a dump transfer station will only add to the congestion; West Valley Highway is a two lane road in that area and is very busy during peak traffic times, making it difficult for commuters to get freeway access; this new proposed site will only compound this situation.
Please select a site more appropriately suited for this type of function (i.e. a site located in a industrial/commercial location). The other two sites under consideration are clearly better choices than the north Auburn location since they do not have impact on residential areas, schools, or traffic flow.

Thank you for your consideration.

Ken B.


We live in Auburn on Meridith Hill and strongly oppose the proposed dump location on West Valley.

It would be detrimental to the local environment and we need to protect our wetlands and wildlife, as well as the valley itself. We cannot afford this commercial facility in our area.

The traffic impact would be so bad we would not travel into Auburn to do business but instead detour to Federal Way. Even with traffic mitigation measures, the impact on the traffic volume would be unaccceptable.

Please do whatever you can to stop the proposed location on West Valley.

Mike B.


Our family is opposed to King County having the preferred site at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn area for a Large Garbage Transfer Station.

Living in the area for 26 years we seen constant development on the West Hill bringing in more families lots of traffic on these small two lane farm roads even as we speak.  Congestion from a Large Industrial Garbage Transfer Station could cause major traffic jams during rush hour or in the case of evacuation in an emergency earthquake or flood.  West Valley Highway road is a bypass and runoff of Highway 167 in rush hour and contains traffic problems now.  Having hundreds of small and large trucks added to the area roads will make these roads deteriorate even more and block traffic with breakdowns.  Possibly cause loss of life in an evacuation to higher ground from the valley floor in a disaster.

A Large Heavy Industrial Garbage Transfer Station will not bring in revenue to our city which is Zoned a Light Industrial area. It also has been a wetland for many years for migrating animals. Those living on the street will be forced to move as no one wants to be living across the street from an ugly, noisy and smelly site with their families.

Possibly drive out the small businesses that are in that area too because of traffic problems.

We want to welcome people to our area but not with ugly traffic congesting garbage site.

Welcome to Auburn, bring your garbage and traffic to our city.  This doesn’t sound good to me to put an eyesore in our wetland area which is a gateway to our city at the North End.

Please persuade Dow Constantine to keep it in Algona and remodel that station where it has always been. We say no to all the above reasons and hope you share the same value in our community development.

Sincerely,

Bonnie T.

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