News Roundup: Everett Growth

A collection of recent news:

  • An opinion favoring Link to Paine Field (The Everett Herald, December 31, 2014)
  • An article on Paine Field’s new director (The Herald Business Journal, January 4, 2015)
  • Edmonds receives $157,000 for daylighting Willow Creek (My Edmonds News, January 5, 2015)
  • Traffic vs. business in Snohomish County (The Herald Business Journal, January 5, 2015)
  • Community Transit receives approval for Swift II planning (Mukilteo Beacon, January 5, 2015)
  • An atricle on the potential for Everett growth (The Urbanist, January 5, 2015)
  • 190-home development at Everett Riverfront is moving forward (The Everett Herald, January 8, 2015)
  • Everett studies options for lack of Downtown parking (The Everett Herald, January 10, 2015)
  • Everett proposes a multifamily tax exemption area near Everett Community College (My Everett News, January 12, 2015)
  • Everett stalls County Courthouse project over lack of parking (The Everett Herald, January 13, 2015)
  • Mukilteo works on Waterfront plan (Mukilteo Beacon, January 13, 2015)
  • Park & ride plan in Mukilteo receives more funding (Mukilteo Beacon, January 13, 2015)

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Lynnwood to Everett Light Rail News

Recently, Sound Transit updated its Long-Range Plan which is used as a guide for further transit development and routings.

In Snohomish County, the planned Link light rail line from Lynnwood to Everett has three alternatives: Option A has the line serving Paine Field and Evergreen Way, Option B has the line following I-5, and Option C has the line following Evergreen Way.

The Everett Herald reported that Sound Transit added the Paine Field route corridor (Option A) to its light rail plan, but appears to have erroneously suggested that Sound Transit had chosen Option A. Looking at the updated Long-Range map, both the Paine Field and I-5/Evergreen Way corridors representing all three alternatives are shown. That said, many local politicians particularly from Everett are supporting a Paine Field alignment and pushed to add it to the plan, so this event could foreshadow future planning events. Many comments on the Herald article spoke against the Paine Field routing.

At the Seattle Transit Blog, Martin Duke interviewed Sound Transit Boardmember and Everett Councilmember Paul Roberts about his views on Link to Everett. Split into two separate articles, several comments debated on if light rail should even go north past Lynnwood, and several more (including some comments from me) debated on the routing.

It’s clear that not including several local politicans, arelative few are happy with the current developments on Lynnwood-Everett Link, and more consensus and debate needs to occur before a finalized routing is chosen and the related ST3 funding bill goes to voters.

I plan on making a post on this in the near future, which would include an examination of the options, and suggested modifications.

News Roundup: Cleaner Waters

A collection of recent news:

  • Martha Lake Apartments purchased by Waterton Associates (Lynnwood Today, December 19, 2014)
  • Petition to overturn Lynnwood’s fireworks ban fails (Lynnwood Today, December 19, 2014)
  • Building bans extended at Oso landslide site (The Everett Herald, December 19, 2014)
  • Sound Transit adds Paine Field corridor to its long-range plan (The Everett Herald, December 19, 2014)
  • Haggen to acquire 146 stores from Albertsons & Safeway (The Herald Business Journal, December 19, 2014)
  • Commute times increasing between Snohomish County and Seattle (MLTnews, December 19, 2014)
  • Puget Sound Partnership pushes for cleaner waters (The Everett Herald, December 21, 2014)
  • Everett passes temporary measure to block county courthouse construction (The Everett Herald, December 25, 2014)
  • Port of Everett moves forward on Waterfront Place project (My Everett News, December 26, 2014)
  • Controversy over landfill redevelopment near Everett (The Everett Herald, December 26, 2014)
  • Lake Stevens updates sidewalk plans (The Everett Herald, December 30, 2014)
  • Snohomish buys farmland for future parkland (The Everett Herald, December 30, 2014)

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Seattle Skyscraper Projects Infographic – December 2014


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 200’ tall.

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Lynnwood Development Photos: December 2014

Avalon Alderwood Phase I - Lynnwood, WA

Avalon Alderwood Phase I – Lynnwood, WA

The following photos are of different project sites in the Lynnwood area. All photos were taken on December 15, 2014. The projects shown here are:

  • Lynnwood
    • Lynnwood Crossroads Shopping Center
    • Lynnview Apartments
    • Ryann Building
    • Bartell Drugs – Alderwood
    • Chick-fil-A – Lynnwood
    • Hilton Garden Inn – Lynnwood
    • CityCenter Apartments
    • Kelsey Corner
    • Belterra
    • Lynnwood Place
  • Alderwood Manor Census-Designated Place
    • Motif Apartments
    • Arbor Mist
  • North Lynnwood Census-Designated Place
    • Avalon Alderwood Phase I
    • Tivalli
    • The Cross Roads
    • Dhillon Place Townhomes
    • Alder Meadows
    • 156th Street Townhomes
    • The 34th Place Residences
  • Meadowdale Census-Designated Place
    • Glennwick Grove
    • The Preserve at Meadowdale Beach

The photo gallery can be found here.

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News Roundup: Economy

A collection of recent news:

  • CVS Pharmacy proposed for Airport Road & Pacific Highway/SR 99 [PDF] (The Everett Herald, December 10, 2014)
  • Sound Transit considering Sounder North cancellations during inclement weather, due to mudslides (The Seattle Times, December 12, 2014)
  • The Economic Alliance of Snohomish County reports on improving economy (MLTnews, December 16, 2014)
  • A website on historic Snohomish County corners (via Mukilteo Beacon, December 17, 2014)
  • Mukilteo residents discuss remaking Japanese Gulch (Mukilteo Beacon, December 17, 2014)
  • Falling gas prices is good news to many, including the Edmonds School District (Lynnwood Today, December 18, 2014)
  • Spud Fish and Chips and Top Pot Doughnuts to come to Edmonds’ Salish Crossing project (My Edmonds News, December 18, 2014)

This is an open thread.

Picnic Point Park Photos

A collection of photos from Picnic Point Park from May 19, 2013. An article about the park will come at a future date.

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News Roundup: Street Social Issues

A collection of recent news:

  • Everett’s Community Streets Initiative Task Force reports on street crime and social issues (My Everett News, November 20, 2014)
  • WinCo considering to open a store in the former Edmonds Top Foods building (My Edmonds News, November 24, 2014)
  • Commentary about the future of housing in Edmonds (My Edmonds News, November 24, 2014)
  • Proposed pot store causes controversy in Central Everett (My Everett News, November 26, 2014)
  • Seattle’s The Stranger has an entire issue relating to the Alderwood Mall (The Stranger, November 26, 2014)
  • Safety concerns on 196th Street SW in Edmonds (My Edmonds News, November 30, 2014)
  • Community Transit to add more commuter runs; plans on expanding and expediting its double-decker orders (The Seattle Times, December 3, 2014)
  • Everett has a new logo, and the commenters think it’s a yawner (My Everett News, December 3, 2014)
  • Legal battles over Snohomish County and the Oso landslide are getting expensive (The Everett Herald, December 4, 2014)

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Tandem Garages


Meadowdale Vista – Lynnwood, WA

Some of the newer single-family housing developments in Snohomish County have three-story houses with what appear to be one-car garages from the outside, next to two-story houses with traditional two-car garages. In reality, those three-story houses do have two-car garages, using a concept called the tandem garage.

Tandem garages have their advantages and disadvantages on their usefulness. Also, they are debatable on whether they are built with the homeowner in mind, or for the developer’s bottom line.

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News Roundup: Big Rock

A collection of recent news:

  • Puget Sound Dental Clinic to open location in Lynnwood (Lynnwood Today, November 8, 2014)
  • Lynnwood’s sales tax increase proposition for transportation has 52.74% no vote (Lynnwood Today, November 9, 2014)
  • Trinity Lutheran’s Everett student housing project moves forward (The Everett Herald, November 11, 2014)
  • 4-story Public Storage proposed near Mukilteo [File Number: 14 114199 ACUP] (Snohomish County, November 12, 2014)
  • Neighbors complain about abandoned houses in Mukilteo (Mukilteo Beacon, November 12, 2014)
  • Old news: Lynnwood TC fills to capacity on workdays (Lynnwood Today, November 13, 2014)
  • Old news: Mountlake Terrace TC fills to capacity on workdays (MLTnews, November 13, 2014)
  • Routing out crime, drugs, homeless encampments, & squatters in unincorporated Snohomish County (The Everett Herald, November 16, 2014)
  • The top 8 code violation types in Mukilteo (Mukilteo Beacon, November 19, 2014)
  • Big rock unearthed at the Courtyard by Marriott Everett site (The Everett Herald, November 20, 2014)
  • Also, the big rock now has a Twitter account (The Everett Herald, November 20, 2014)
  • Sound Transit to seek new fees & taxes to expand bus & light rail service (The Seattle Times, November 20, 2014)

This is an open thread.