News Roundup: Town Center

A collection of recent news:

  • $675K to study train, boat, car bottleneck at Edmonds (July 3, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Snohomish County leads all others in population growth (July 3, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Lynnwood wants to link up city’s existing paths into one trail (July 4, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Mukilteo ferry terminal construction crews begin asbestos removal (July 6, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • School bus barn work begins on 15-acre spot in Lynnwood (July 6, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Options for Japanese Gulch park amenities are narrowing (July 7, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Mountlake Terrace City Council approves Town Center amendments (July 7, 2015, MLTnews)
  • Edmonds City Council to consider next steps after North Sound Church high bidder for conference center (July 8, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Edmonds School Board considers new names for former Woodway High School campus (July 8, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • New Development Projects in the Works: Arbor Village 2, Melody Hill Apartments and More (July 9, 2015, nextMLT)
  • What’s that structure at Salish Crossing? (July 10, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Brier celebrates purchase of Hickory Way Park (July 11, 2015, MLTnews)
  • Mountlake Terrace extends warm welcome to Vineyard Park (July 11, 2015, MLTnews)
  • Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission to hear mid-year update on development activities (July 12, 2015, MLTnews)
  • 298 Multifamily Residential Units Planned for Melody Hill Site (July 12, 2015, nextMLT)
  • Mixed-Use Building Proposed for Undeveloped Lot on 60th Ave W (July 13, 2015, nextMLT)
  • Lynnwood City Council passes revised animal control code, funding for Poplar Way Extension Bridge project (July 14, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Preferred Ballinger Park Master Plan unveiled (July 15, 2015, MLTnews)
  • Mountlake Terrace receives $1.3 million for Main Street Revitalization Project from the state legislature (July 16, 2015, MLTnews)

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News Roundup: July 3, 2015

A collection of recent news:

  • Public gets a look at light-rail plans (Jun 19, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Mountlake Terrace City Council approves 2015 Comp Plan (June 20, 2015, MLTnews)
  • New Everett Hotel Plans Include Red Lion North and WoodSpring Suites South (June 21, 2015, My Everett News)
  • City issues Mitigated Determination of Non-significance for Poplar Way Extension Bridge project (June 23, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Lynnwood City Council passes 2015 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code amendments (June 23, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • City issues Determination of Non-Significance for Lynnwood Senior Housing project (June 30, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Fishing pier, senior center, Highway 99 among beneficiaries in just-passed state budget (July 2, 2015, My Edmonds News)

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Seattle Skyscraper Projects Infographic – June 2015

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Several large buildings are being proposed, under construction, or recently completed in Seattle, adding homes, offices, stores, parking, and more to meet demand. Featured in this infographic are building projects in Seattle which include skyscrapers at least 250’ tall.

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News Roundup: Growth Plan

A collection of recent news:

  • City of Edmonds construction project update (June 4, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • 2 More Townhomes Planned for 55th Ave W (June 5, 2015, NextMLT)
  • County Council approves growth plan; focus on Everett (June 11, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Business Owners Frustrated As Criminals Mix Into Area Near Everett Gospel Mission (June 11, 2015, My Everett News)
  • Costco confirms Lynnwood store opening (Jun 18, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Everett’s Challenges More Than Just Criminals Vs. Homeless Vs. Business (June 18, 2015, My Everett News)

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News Roundup: Transit Needs

A collection of recent news:

  • Marysville among top U.S. cities for population growth (May 23, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Future mosque won’t have loudspeakers (May 26, 2015, Mukilteo Beacon)
  • Non-residents to pay to park downtown (May 26, 2015, Mukilteo Beacon)
  • City of Everett’s New Logo On Indefinite Hold (May 27, 2015, My Everett News)
  • Rescue Ring and Loaner Life Jackets Replace Lifeguards at Silver Lake in Everett (May 27, 2015, My Everett News)

  • Everett officials want Sound Transit to make good on light-rail promise (May 28, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Alderwood Manor plaque to be dedicated on Friday at Lynnwood Convention Center (May 28, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • City aims to improve traffic, pedestrian safety with 228th Street Southwest project (May 29, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • New Transit Center Earmarked For Southwest Everett Near Boeing (May 29, 2015,  My Everett News)
  • Lynnwood Eagle Scout project highlights Perrinville history (May 30, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Planning Board: Abandon proposed tree code, develop Urban Forestry Management Plan (June 1, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Mayor: Lynnwood poised for more growth (June 3, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Everett To Crack Down On Those Who “Re-Park” (June 3, 2015, My Everett News)
  • Mountlake Terrace City Council approves purchase of property near Terrace Creek Park (June 3, 2015, MLTnews)
  • County courthouse architect goes with more modern design (June 4, 2015, The Everett Herald)

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HAWK Beacon Signals for Pedestrian Crossings

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HAWK beacon signal on Edmonds Way, Edmonds

A newer form of pedestrian crossing signal is the HAWK beacon signal, which overall is a compromise between a flashing yellow beacon and a standard traffic signal. With slowly increasing use in the Seattle area, there are some advantages and disadvantages to them.

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News Roundup: Cottage Rentals

A collection of recent news:

  • Cities adopt rules on aggressive panhandling, camping (May 9, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Town Center Property Sold to Townhome Developer (May 11, 2015, nextMLT)
  • Update: Enhancing safety for students who must cross street to Madrona School too expensive, says city (May 13, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Access To Everett’s Howarth Park Beach Closed Until 2016 (May 13, 2015, My Everett News)
  • Cedar Cottages for Rent Starting at $1,600 (May 13, 2015, nextMLT)
  • YMCA Tops Housing Developers For Everett School District Colby Property (May 15, 2015, My Everett News)
  • Pedestrian improvements coming to 164th St. SW (May 15, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Growth puts Snohomish County planners in tough spot (May 16, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • High expectations drive downtown Everett building boom (May 17, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Cedar Cottages expected to open in June as rentals (May 18, 2015, MLTnews)

  • Lynnwood City Council passes ban on shipping containers in residential zones (May 18, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Bartell Drugs’ new Lynnwood store set to open Friday (May 19, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Mountlake Terrace City Council passes amendment to driveway standards ordinance (May 19, 2015, MLTnews)
  • Commentary: Why Edmonds needs a new tree code (May 20, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Have your say about proposed Edmonds Tree Code at May 27 Planning Board meeting (May 20, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Lynnwood bustles with work on Costco, new apartments (May 20, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • City of Everett Tells Campers Along Snohomish River They Must Leave, Offers Help (May 21, 2015, My Everett News)

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How Snohomish County Zoning Is Hobbling a Neighborhood

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Land use notice and “Save Our Neighborhood” sign previously at the income-restricted Axis Apartments site

Located between Everett and Mukilteo is the Fairmount neighborhood, where current conditions, recent development, and changing interests on where people want to live is now putting it and similar neighborhoods at risk of going into decline.

While new homes in places like Seattle and the Eastside are often higher-end with high rents unaffordable to many, several suburban areas are now seeing more construction of lower-end housing, with older housing depreciating without being remodeled or replaced. This is particularly the case in some unincorporated areas such as this one.

The culprit is the land use policies of unincorporated Snohomish County, which have several flaws and are often inconsistent with city policies.

This has led to haphazard and poorly-placed zones, density located away from neighborhood centers and adequate transit, housing developments with bad layouts and designs, problematic businesses near homes, and in the worst cases undesirable neighborhoods with crime issues. At the same time unincorporated areas have a lack of public amenities compared to incorporated areas, even though many unincorporated areas allow for denser development.

Meanwhile, the county has planned upzones in this neighborhood and others, and this would further these problems and create more examples of the worst of suburban sprawl.

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News Roundup: Shipping Containers

A collection of recent news:

  • Mountlake Terrace launches special Comp Plan update website (April 24, 2015, MLTnews)
  • Lynnwood City Council schedules Public Hearing on proposal to ban shipping containers in residential zones (April 26, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • City issues Determination of Non-significance for Highway 99 housing project; public comment period closes May 8 (April 26, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission to hold Public Hearing on amendment to driveway standards at Monday’s meeting (April 26, MLTnews)
  • Vineyard Park applies for property tax abatement (April 26, 2015, MLTnews)
  • 1st Tenants Announced For Market at Potala Place in Everett (April 28, 2015, My Everett News)
  • New Lynnwood Costco expected to open in August (April 30, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Is Everett Ready For Uber? (May 4, 2015, My Everett News)
  • Mukilteo seeks ideas for park at Japanese Gulch (May 5, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Dozens camp out, waiting for Lynnwood Chick-fil-A to open (May 6, 2015, The Herald Business Journal)
  • Mountlake Terrace City Council passes Right of Way appeal procedure (May 6, 2015, MLTnews)
  • Chick-fil-A opens in Lynnwood without a mob scene (May 7, 2015, The Everett Herald)

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Edmonds Development Photos: April 2015

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100 Block 2nd Avenue N

The following photos are of different project sites in Edmonds. The projects shown here are:

  • Swedish Edmonds Expansion
  • Salish Crossing
  • 100 Block 2nd Avenue N

The photo gallery can be found here.

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