- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) - The mayor of the northeast Seattle suburb of Bothell has agreed to sell the 39-acre back nine of a golf course to a conservation group, ending a plan to build 50 expensive homes along an undeveloped section of the Sammamish River.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/slgVPF ) that Mayor Joshua Freed says he’s pleased to come to terms with Forterra. Earlier, he seemed prepared to proceed with development in partnership with other investors, despite criticism from residents who wanted the land preserved.

Forterra Executive Vice President Michelle Connor says the organization will also try to buy the 50-acre front nine of the Wayne Golf Course and preserve the entire property.

She says Forterra has until Aug. 6 to complete an appraisal of the back nine and secure financing. If that works out, she says Forterra will begin working with the city of Bothell, King County and the state to fund purchase of the entire golf course.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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