Everett Development Updates: March 2015

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Courtyard by Marriott Everett

The following photos are of different project sites in Everett. All photos were taken on November 10, 2014. The projects shown here are:

  • The Towns at Silver Lake
  • Northlake Court Townhomes
  • The Reserve at Everett
  • 3515 Hoyt Avenue
  • Potala Market Place
  • Aero Apartments
  • Courtyard by Marriott Everett
  • Trinity Lutheran College

Area-wise, the 1st & 2nd projects are in Southeast Everett, the 3rd project is in South Everett, and the rest are in & around Downtown Everett. The photo gallery can be found here.

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News Roundup: Transit Safety

A collection of recent news:

  • Lynnwood road is sinking an inch per year (March 26, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Travelers feels unsafe at Everett Station, report finds (March 30, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • From the Edmonds Mayor: The importance of a vibrant community (April 3, 2015, My Edmonds News)

  • Residents urge Edmonds School District to sell property next to Esperance Park to Snohomish County Parks (April 3, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Compromise courthouse plan adds 300 parking spaces not there before (April 6, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Liias: Senate’s proposed Capital Budget funds Civic Center field land acquisition, Edmonds Pier renovation, Meadowdale playfields (April 8, 2015, My Edmonds News)

  • Rezone of Edmonds’ Westgate commercial area approved, with amendments (April 8, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Manor Hardware building torn down (April 8, 2015, Lynnwood Today)

  • Xfinity Arena at Everett Paints A Bleak Financial Picture Including $700k For A Scoreboard (April 9, 2015, My Everett News)

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The I-5 Peak-Hour HOV-3 Lanes Idea

Northbound I-5 in Lynnwood

Northbound I-5 in Lynnwood

On most workday mornings, thousands of people in the Seattle area commute on Interstate 5 by moving slowly down the freeway. On most workday afternoons, thousands of people in the Seattle area commute on Interstate 5 by moving slowly down the freeway.

Whether its by driving alone in a car, driving with someone else, riding a bus, or driving or riding in a carpool or vanpool, they move slowly down the freeway.

Many of these people commute on buses, vehicles which can carry more people per 40 feet of road space than cars can in the same 40 feet. These buses use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes which allow for buses and vehicles with two persons in them (HOV-2), but they increasingly get stuck behind said cars.

WSDOT has a standard where the HOV lanes should have traffic moving at least 45 miles per hour 90% of the time during rush hour. This standard is a condition for receiving federal funding for the lanes, but this is not being met due to too many vehicles in the HOV lanes. If this standard continues to not be met, WSDOT risks losing future federal funding.

WSDOT is currently studying HOV-3 lanes in conjunction with the I-405 high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane project, but standalone conversions of HOV-2 lanes don’t appear politically feasible at this time. Community Transit, which has to deal with having its buses stuck in I-5 traffic, has asked for HOV-3 lanes, but the lanes remain unchanged.

To fix I-5′s HOV lanes, the number of vehicles in the lanes has to be lowered.

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News Roundup: Apartments

A collection of recent news:

  • Parents raise health concerns about turf fields planned for Woodway campus (March 13, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Work continuing on new SHAG senior living complex (March 14, 2015, MLTnews)
  • City Council passes emergency ordinance regarding filing of dueling land-use applications (March 18, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • In comments to state, Port of Edmonds takes stand against increasing Harbor Square buffers (March 20, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Details on Aero Apartments at Hewitt and Rucker in Downtown Everett (March 20, 2015, My Everett News)
  • 102 new apartments opening in downtown Everett this summer (March 23, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • City Council schedules Public Hearing on City Center Apartment project for April 13 (March 24, 2015, Lynnwood Today)
  • Setbacks, form-based code questioned as council once again takes up Westgate (March 25, 2015, My Edmonds News)
  • Why home builders flock to one Puget Sound-area hot spot (March 25, 2015, The Everett Herald)
  • Mukilteo gets $1 million in mitigation fees (March 25, 2015, Mukilteo Beacon)
  • Edmonds School District Board hears from opponents of ‘recycled tire’ turf fields (March 26, 2015, My Edmonds News)

This is an open thread.

Mountlake Terrace Development Photos: February 2015

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Vineyard Park at Mountlake Terrace

The following photos were taken in Mountlake Terrace. The projects shown here are:

  • Atworth Commons
  • Vineyard Park at Mountlake Terrace
  • Mountlake Senior Living Apartments
  • Cedar Cottages

Neighborhood-wise, the 1st project is in Cascade View, the 2nd project is in Downtown Mountlake Terrace, and the 3rd & 4th projects are in Gateway.

The photo gallery can be found here.

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News Roundup: Commercial Flights

A collection of recent news:

  • Scene in Edmonds: Latest fine-tuning to Sunset Avenue parking [and 68 comments] (My Edmonds News, March 2, 2015)
  • Snohomish County Council approves passenger terminal at Paine Field (My Edmonds News, March 2, 2015)
  • County Council takes key step toward commercial flights at Paine Field (The Everett Herald, March 2, 2015)
  • Passenger Service At Everett’s Paine Field One Step Closer (My Everett News, March 2, 2015)
  • Scriber Creek Apartments among three projects approved for state financing (Lynnwood Today, March 2, 2015)
  • Lovick: Build new courthouse in downtown Everett (The Everett Herald, March 4, 2015)
  • Lynnwood plans to widen busy 196th Street (The Everett Herald, March 4, 2015)
  • Everett homeless encampment cleared out (The Everett Herald, March 9, 2015)
  • Developers announce plans for housing, retail/commercial space in Mountlake Terrace Freeway Tourist District (MLTnews, March 9, 2015)
  • Lynnwood City Council approves Seabrook Heights property purchase (Lynnwood Today, March 12, 2015)

This is an open thread.

Website News and Annexation Updates

PugetSoundScape will be undergoing a redesign over the next few weeks, and some features, articles, and pages may not be available for periods of time. Advertising space would be provided on the sidebar and possibly at other locations as well. Also in the works is setting up an online store for purchasing selected photos.

Also, follow up on annexation updates on AnnexSouthMukilteo.com, which is where relevant news and updates will be posted. PugetSoundScape will have some summarized or major updates posted periodically when necessary.

News Roundup: Paine Field

A collection of recent news:

  • Work starts on new Senior apartment complex (MLTnews, February 13, 2015)
  • Progress on Paine Field terminal makes tiny step forward (The Everett Herald, February 14, 2015)
  • Paine Field commercial flights met with opposition at hearing (The Everett Herald, February 18, 2015)
  • Mukilteo affirms opposition to commercial service at Paine Field (Mukilteo Beacon, February 18, 2015)
  • Lynnwood City Council approves mandatory garbage collection (Lynnwood Today, February 24, 2015)
  • Lynnwood Convention Center reports record-setting revenues in 2014 (Lynnwood Today, February 24, 2015)
  • Deal ensures land near Meadowdale Beach Park won’t be developed (The Everett Herald, February 25, 2015)
  • City purchasing Seabrook Property to help preserve and protect open space in Lund’s Gulch (Lynnwood Today, February 25, 2015)
  • Mayor: Mistake to invest in commercial flights (Mukilteo Beacon, February 25, 2015)

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The Case for South Mukilteo Annexation

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(For more information, please visit AnnexSouthMukilteo.com.)

Located next to Puget Sound in Snohomish County is Mukilteo, a city of more than 20,000. First located at what is now the northern end of the city, it gradually expanded southward, and the last annexation involved the city annexing the Harbour Pointe area in 1991. To the south of the existing city limits are unincorporated areas designated by the city and county to be potential annexation areas.

In 2005, the city began studying annexing these unincorporated areas. On August 6, 2009, Snohomish County Fire District 1 filed a lawsuit against the Boundary Review Board and Mukilteo over concerns about fire service, which effectively postponed the official decision of the BRB. On April 15, 2010, Mukilteo pulled its annexation boundary request from Snohomish County. In November 2010, Mukilteo residents rejected an annexation proposal in an advisory vote.

Over the next 10 years, additional development has occurred in the unincorporated areas of Mukilteo, with much of the development being poorly designed without regard to their surroundings, and located in suboptimal locations. This will continue while these areas remain unincorporated.

Additionally, residents and businesses in unincorporated areas aren’t represented by politicians and government entities as well as those inside cities. They also have to share strained tax revenue and public resources, while not having an adequate amount of public amenities such as parks and playfields.

In June 2015, Snohomish County plans to update the zoning in the unincorporated areas as part of its 2015 Comprehensive Plan update, and several of the zoning changes would lead to more poorly located development which can become a risk to the livability and environment of these areas. Additionally, local infrastructure and transportation has not kept up with the pace of development throughout the unincorporated areas, and additional high-intensity development in suboptimal locations would exacerbate this.

To ensure current and future livability, ensure neighborly and well-placed development, and ensure adequate public services and resources in unincorporated South Mukilteo, it is imperative that these areas are annexed.

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News Roundup: Garbage

A collection of recent news:

  • It’s official: The new SR 104 crosswalk now open (My Edmonds News, Febraury 4, 2015)
  • City Council to hold Public Hearings on mandatory garbage collection, interim marijuana regulations at Monday’s meeting (Lynnwood Today, February 8, 2015)
  • City invites citizens to petition for traffic calming projects in their neighborhood (My Edmonds News, February 10, 2015)

This is an open thread.