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Morning Press: Third Safe Stay site; Southeast First Street; Arsonist hits mayor’s house; Hotel Indigo

The Columbian

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Here are some of the stories that were popular this week with Columbian readers:

Prospect of third Safe Stay site in downtown Vancouver troubles neighbors

A vacant downtown lot that was most recently home to a New Heights Church is being considered by Vancouver officials as a possible site for its third Safe Stay Community providing shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness.

The site, one of several under consideration, occupies a full city block northwest of the intersection of West Evergreen Boulevard and Daniels Street. It is owned by the Edward C. Lynch Estate, which has a history of engaging in charitable causes like addressing homelessness.

Details emerge in arson, burglary of Vancouver mayor’s home

A Vancouver man was captured on surveillance video grabbing a bottle of lighter fluid from the Shumway Safeway store before allegedly using it to light a fire Monday evening at the nearby residence of Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and her husband, Terry Ogle.

Aidan Michael Murray, 28, appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree arson, second-degree burglary, second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $510,000 between two cases, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 29.

Southeast First Street median in Vancouver turns into nightmare

A new unassuming concrete divider on Southeast First Street is causing large divisions between nearby residents and the city, as the former group argues their health and safety are at stake.

The barrier is designed to reduce conflict points, or where vehicles may try to cross the same path and potentially collide, said Ryan Lopossa, Vancouver Public Works transportation and streets manager. However, it also prevents drivers from turning left into Cascade Park Village, 16500 S.E. First St., forcing a U-turn at the nearest light.

Kirkland Tower, Hotel Indigo to soon open at The Waterfront Vancouver

Perched high atop The Waterfront Vancouver, Kirkland Tower’s top-floor condo allows Dean Kirkland to peer down on the bustling new development.

The 12-floor blue curtain-glass building will be the next addition to the area, as well as the tallest and the most expensive. Packed with amenities and luxuries, the condo tower and conjoined Hotel Indigo give users the feeling of being in Las Vegas. The first words that Kirkland used to describe the building’s journey that hit a significant number of obstacles was “courage, perseverance and sleepless nights,” he said.

Clark County’s Bi-Zi Farms to celebrate 150th anniversary

One of Clark County’s few remaining centennial farms has reached a major milestone. The Zimmerman family and Bi-Zi Farms will celebrate 150 years of farming on Sunday with a special anniversary party open to the public.

“The Zimmerman family came here in 1872 and settled in Clark County. We’ve been farming here ever since,” Joe Zimmerman said.

The anniversary event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will have free cake (while it lasts), guided farm tours, question and answer sessions with Joe Zimmerman’s father, Bill Zimmerman, music and activities for the kids. The celebration will give visitors an inside look at how the farm works and how crops are grown.