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Sep 14

City Advances Towards Downtown Vision

Posted to City Manager by Becky Range

It’s hard to believe our summer flew by so quickly and we are entering fall. We hoped to reopen for in-person services in early September, but have now delayed a full reopening as Delta cases surge across the region.  If virtual services are difficult for you, don’t hesitate to request a small in-person appointment with staff Council meetings will remain virtual until further notice. Staff has upgraded equipment in the Council Chamber in preparation for hybrid meetings and will continue testing the new system to be ready when we are able to safely welcome the public into City Hall. 

In response to the Governor’s mandatory vaccination proclamation, Bothell Firefighters will be required to show proof of vaccination by October 18, 2021.  We have been bargaining the impacts of this mandatory requirement with our Fire union as required. As new federal requirements for vaccinations were just announced, we continue to work with our labor partners, state Labor and Industries, and both county health departments to adjust our policies where needed.   

Despite ever changing public health conditions, we have made exciting progress on several large projects in the last few months. In July, City Council adopted a Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) program, which encourages private developers to incorporate affordable housing into their units in exchange for tax exemptions. 

In  another huge step for affordable housing, the City just closed the sale of Lot A, a prominent development site that is part of our downtown redevelopment plan. Imagine Housing purchased the 38,856 square foot acre property located at NE 180th Street between SR 522 and the Sammamish River. Construction will start soon on a five story affordable senior housing building with 76 studio apartment homes, with offices and community space on the ground floor. It is located near a bus route, next to the park, and walking distance to downtown Bothell. Estimated completion date is Summer 2023.  

Perhaps the most exciting news is that we have sold Block D, a large gateway property located in the southwest corner of our Downtown. at the intersection of SR 522 and Bothell Way NE. Trammell Crow Residential will soon begin construction of a mixed-use building featuring 369 apartment homes and 9,800 square feet of ground floor retail space. The City received multiple offers for the 2.6-acre property, with Trammell Crow submitting the winning bid of $12.75 million dollars.  

These projects have been in the works for several years, so we thank you for your patience and trust as we continue marching along to implement the Downtown plan.  

Stay safe and have a Happy Fall Season!  

Erin Leonhart, Intermin City Manager 

Apr 13

Council Connection, April 17, 2018

Posted to Council Connection by Barbara Ramey

New business scheduled for the April 17 City Council meeting includes:
AB #18-063 Public Safety Update.

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Aug 02

Summer is Here! - Councilmember Tom Agnew, Summer 2021

Posted to Council Corner by Becky Range

Summer is here! As the days grow warmer and our days are filled with sunshine, there is an air of positivity and energy in our community! Vaccination rates in Bothell just keep climbing and public health reports move in positive directions.  

Although this summer might not look exactly like it has in the past, we have so much to be excited about. Still dealing with the impacts of COVID, we are unable to host our normal July 4th Parade. But, we are still offering virtual and small-group events and activities this summer, including youth sports camps, volunteer work parties and a virtual?Sustainamania?scavenger hunt. Our Arts Commission and Parks and Recreation Board are working on some fun pop-up events. Check our website and stay tuned to the City’s social media channels for details.  If you haven’t already, check out Sonya Lang’s virtual Art Gallery. Her Beautiful Zoo photograph collection is simply amazing.  

Our annual Fire Department Pancake Breakfast is also canceled, but in part due to an exciting reason -  Station 42 will be closed for the Fire Station Replacement Project. Demolition of existing stations should start in July 2021.  Your voter-approved Safe and Secure bond made these new stations possible and we thank you for that support.  As July 4th approaches, I hope you will again support our Firefighters and Police Officers. If you choose to use fireworks this year, please be safe, do so legally, and stop at 11pm. Our dispatch centers tend to be overloaded on July 4th and community safety is our biggest concern.  Remember, do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency or need immediate help.  Report fireworks violations or other non-emergency needs to (425) 486-1254. 

And finally, congratulations to all of our 2021 Graduates! You have had a tough year and your resiliency and flexibility this virtual school year will serve you well.  No matter where your next steps take you, Bothell will always be your hometown and we are so very proud of you! 

Happy Summer!