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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, March 23, 2012

By Dennis Box

The Black Diamond City Council filled the empty seat in the front of the room.

At the council’s March 15 meeting the members appointed Carol Benson to fill Position No. 4 vacated by William Saas.

Benson will be sworn in prior to the March 26 special council meeting at 4 p.m. and the ceremonial swearing in will be April 5. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 15, 2006

By Shawn Skager
The Courier-Herald

The population of Black Diamond has seen little population growth the past five years. According to census statistics, the count has remained at a little more than 3,900 people since 2000, with minor variations.

That could change soon, with the purchase of 320 acres in the southeast corner of the city by Yarrow Bay Development Company.

According to Brian Ross, managing partner for Yarrow Bay, the company has reached an agreement with the Palmer Coking Coal Company to purchase the land, known as Lawson Hill. The details are expected to be finalized this summer. (more…)

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Originally published in the King County Journal, March 12, 2006

Kirkland-based developer buying 320 acres, but few details released about plan

By Bruce Rommel
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Hundreds of homes could be sprouting on Lawson Hill within a few years.

A Kirkland-based development company has reached agreement with Palmer Coking Coal and other property owners to purchase about 320 acres for a planned residential community.

Few details have been released by the company, Yarrow Bay Development, which is involved with other large residential projects in King County. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 2, 2008

By Lauren Vane
Times Southeast bureau

Black Diamond is surrounded by green, with natural treasures—trees, crystal-clear waterways, and the Green River Gorge—that can’t be found in big cities.

As it transitions from a small rural community to one three times its size, city leaders have decided that it will remain green.

If the City Council lets a 12-year building moratorium expire at the end of March, as expected, the city’s population could triple. (more…)

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Originally published in The Maple Valley Reporter, February 17, 2010

By Dennis Box
The Maple Valley Reporter

The cities of Black Diamond and Maple Valley have drawn their lawyers in to a duel over the traffic impact from YarrowBay developments The Villages and Lawson Hills.

Maple Valley City Council passed a motion Thursday at a special meeting ratifying two notices of appeal directed at Black Diamond concerning the traffic impact of the developments on Maple Valley.

Maple Valley is objecting to the proposals submitted by the Kirkland-based YarrrowBay in a final environmental impact statement or FEIS concerning traffic problems created by the developments. The Villages and Lawson Hills would build more than 6,000 homes in Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, January 22, 2010

State auditor still looking at attorney billing allegations

By Dennis Box

A new administration has taken over, but, the issues that have plagued Black Diamond during the past few months are far from over.

Leonard Smith, the former city administrator who was terminated Dec. 8, has filed a claim against the city seeking severance pay. Because the 62-year-old Smith was fired for cause, he was not given severance compensation. (more…)

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Originally published in the Covington-Maple Valley Reporter, January 2, 2015

Reconstruction of Roberts Drive will begin soon. The Black Diamond City Council accepted a $792,000 grant on Dec. 18 from the State Transportation Improvement Board to put toward the project.

The street upgrade and transformation will extend from Sunny Lane to Lynch Lane. This project is being combined with the current Roberts Drive Reconstruction project at Rock Creek, where the Transportation Improvement Board had already committed a $474,300 grant. That brings the total TIB funds awarded to the city over the past two years to more than $1.26 million.

The total combined project budget is more than $1.45 million, with a local match of $141,000 from real estate excise tax and $46,000 from developer YarrowBay. (more…)

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