Support the Current Master Plan for the Everett Riverfront

January 1, 2014

Through the years, we’ve invested $80 million of city, state and federal taxpayer dollars to build a bridge from I-5 into the area along the Snohomish River Front, and to clean up the area from decades of contamination.

*The Master Plan essentially creates a plan to refund that public investment *by providing for 1,400 mixed income housing units and creating a mixed-use center for residences, commercial, and office space. And it provides for innovative architectural design, pedestrial trails and walkways, neighborhood-scale streetscapes, public open space and large parks, green building standards, and wetland restoration. This is the promise Everett has made to its citizens.

But there has been a snag in the Master Plan and now this win/win future is in jeopardy. Click on the following link to ask the City to stand by its Riverfront promise.
http://be.futurewise.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16099 ]

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EDIT THE MESSAGE TO THE PLANNING COMMISSIONERS.

When the economy took a dive in 2008, the original developer who had agreed to the Master Plan backed out of the deal. Now a new developer, Polygon Northwest–primarily a high-end single family developer–has agreed to do the project.

Unfortunately they want to change the plan quite dramatically. They’ve asked the City to reduce the 1,400 mixed-use & mixed-income housing units to 408, while increasing their planned starting price from $225,000 up to $500,000.

This is a bad deal for the future of Everett.
Everett’s projections show another 60,000 new neighbors coming our way through 2035. The city is struggling to figure out where to put all those new people without increasing the costs for current residents.  Reducing density in a prime area of the city is not the way to go about it.

On Tuesday, January 7th, the Everett Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing to consider Polygon Northwest’s changes.

Please click on the following link
http://be.futurewise.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16099
to tell the Commissioners you want the original plan that was agreed to between the residents of Everett and the City.

Thanks for being involved in this important issue.

-Kristin Kelly

Snohomish/Skagit Program Director, Futurewise
Smart Growth Program Director, Pilchuck Audubon Society

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