Published May 2006
skating facility has new owner
The entertainment facility at 6210 200th St. SW recently was acquired by NABE LLC, a group formed by real estate developers Jim Potter and Scott Shapiro.
Potter and Shapiro also formed Perfect Game Enterprises LLC to operate the facility and will change its name to Lynnwood Bowl & Skate.
Perfect Game Enterprises has been operating the facility since January and has already made improvements to HVAC and electrical systems and computer bowling monitors in addition to increasing the hours of operation and staffing, according to Potter and Shapiro.
Now that the sale is complete, renovations will get under way, said Shapiro, including resurfacing the bowling lanes and skating rink, refurbishing the bowling computer system and replacing lower monitors, improving the restaurant and bar areas, renovating restrooms, and improving the parking lot.
The renovations will require the facility to close for a few weeks in August, but it will be open in time for fall bowling leagues and school functions, Shapiro said, noting a grand re-opening is planned for mid-September.
Owner Jan Parker can be reached at 425-787-9467.
Genetics wins drug patent
The antibodies are used in SGN-30, which is in phase-2 testing against Hodgkin’s disease and T-cell lymphomas, and SGN-35, an antibody-drug conjugate that will begin human tests this year.
to open Lynnwood store
The Grand Cinema Alderwood, being torn down at 18421 Alderwood Mall Blvd., will be replaced by the two-story, 98,000-square-foot department store. The business could open by the fall, said Will Daniels, property manager for Sterling Realty Organization, which owns the site.
Kohl’s, based in Wisconsin, also is building an 88,000-square-foot store on 116th Street NE in Marysville, and is negotiating to open in 10 or more sites around Puget Sound in the next year.
Daniels said the Grand Cinema theater in Lynnwood was built in 1984. It was operated by Loews Cineplex, which recently built a newer, larger theater at Alderwood.
Sterling Realty Organization will continue to own the site; Kohl’s is leasing it for the new store.
Retirement Inn closing
Extendicare Health Facilities of Milwaukee, Wis., did not plan to renew its lease on the 40-year-old assisted-living facility at 21500 72nd Ave. W., confirmed Laurie Bebo, president of Assisted Living Concepts, a subsidiary of Extendicare.
The building is owned by Kavatech, said Josh Williams, administrator for the Edmonds Retirement Inn.
Extendicare’s Aldercrest Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which is located next door to the assisted-living facility, is not affected by the lease agreement.
Extendicare, a placement firm hired by Extendicare and officials with the Home and Community Services division of the state Department of Social and Health Services were working with area facilities to place residents in new homes, Williams said.
Williams said a job fair for employees was scheduled at the center. Other facilities “have been fabulous” about trying to find jobs for displaced staff, he said.
Seattle Investment Properties agreed to buy the 3.45-acre lot from the city of Lynnwood in June 2004, but the deal officially closed just recently. The deal was delayed because the site is next to I-5 and needed special permits from the state Department of Transportation to be developed, city officials said.
Jaguar/Land Rover of Lynnwood is being built on a narrow, wedge-shaped lot along Poplar Way east of I-5 and west of Heritage Park.
The 28,900-square-foot luxury car dealership will generate about $350,000 a year in retail sales taxes and create about 50 new jobs in the city, said David Kleitsch, the city’s economic development director. Jaguar’s arrival also may indicate the market for luxury goods is growing, he said.
The new Lynnwood dealership is affiliated with Auto Center Northwest, which operates Jaguar/Land Rover of Bellevue and Jaguar/Land Rover of Seattle.
The dealership building will be about 30 feet tall, according to city records. There will be 153 parking stalls, including 105 reserved for vehicles on display or waiting for maintenance.
A 90-foot-wide demonstration track where customers can test drive vehicles on rugged terrain is being built next to I-5.
The firm, which provides environmental engineering and science, geotechnical engineering and natural resources, and environmental permitting consulting services, was among 12 firms selected by the U.S. Forest Service to provide such services in the northwest.
Under the contract, Landau will provide services in forest land throughout Oregon and Washington and for locations in Alaska and Idaho, the company said.
“The firm and its team are excited about this opportunity to support the Forest Service in completing their important mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of our nation’s forests and grasslands for present and future generations,” the company said in a news release announcing the contract.
awarded research grant
While DNA microarrays, such as those made by CombiMatrix, are one of the most useful analytical tools in modern biology, the analyses often require several hours to perform. The research will look at how to speed up that time.
Bank joins SBA’s
Both the PLP and the Express Loan programs are part of the SBA’s primary lending program, known as the 7(a) guaranteed loan program. Under this program, small businesses may obtain credit through approved lenders with the government guaranteeing up to 85 percent of any loss in case of default.
Goodrich said it will provide the landing gears under the nose, wings and body of the 747-8, as well as wheels and brakes.
The 747-8 is the latest version of Boeing’s iconic jumbo jet. Boeing plans to stretch the plane to carry 450 passengers, while incorporating new technology and engines developed for the 787 to make it more fuel-efficient.
Design work is on schedule, and Boeing expects to deliver the first 747-8 in 2009, a company official said.
Harlow opened the shop in November. He can be reached by phone at 425-432-9350 or online at www.fastsigns.com/471.
The AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards are given to contractors who demonstrate a cultural commitment to safety.
The company said it has “several viable locations” in the county under “careful review.”
The company will manufacture pharmaceuticals under contract for other companies. It will be the only one of its kind in the western United States, according to officials with the Snohomish County Economic Development Council.
DBMI officials said they’ve spent the past two years studying West Coast sites for the new plant, which is expected to employ about 100 people and be in operation in 2008.
jobless rate drops to 4.7 percent
The state Employment Security Department reported that the county’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in March, down from 4.9 percent in February.
Washington state posted a 5 percent rate of unemployment for March.
Donna Thompson, a labor economist with the agency, said Snohomish County’s job growth continues to be among the fastest in the state. On an annual basis, the county’s growth rate was 5.5 percent, compared with 3.4 percent for the state, Thompson said.
“March may have come in like a lion, with cold, blustery rain, but it certainly didn’t dampen the heated job growth in Snohomish County,” Thompson said. “Sixteen hundred jobs were added during the month, bringing the total of nonfarm jobs to 234,900.”
Jobs at restaurants and bars led the gains. But many other areas also added workers, Thompson said.
© 2006 The Daily Herald Co., Everett, WA