woo hoo!

From the Seattle Times:
Neighbor saves 80-acre Winterbrook Farm near Issaquah from redevelopment

“….Winterbrook Farm and its 80 acres of pastures, wetlands and wildlife habitat near Issaquah will be purchased by a couple who own adjacent land and plan to preserve it as open space. The Issaquah School Board approved the sale Friday afternoon in a special meeting.

Bellevue developer William E. Buchan Inc. notified the district Tuesday that it would not pursue its plans to build 16 luxury homes on the site, which is frequented by a local elk herd and is directly across May Valley Road from Squak Mountain State Park.

“I’m very happy and relieved. This is very, very good news,” said Val Moore, a neighbor who helped rally the community to preserve the former dairy and its 1930s barn.

Directors of the Issaquah School District, which owns the property, accepted an offer from Erik and Jennifer Johnson, who own a house on 40 acres just north of the farm. The sale price was $4.17 million. The couple made the backup offer in February and said through their real-estate agent at the time that they were interested in preserving the land and the wildlife corridor….”

E. Fudd