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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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Jan 03

Dive In this Winter - Deputy Mayor Jeanne Zornes, Winter 2021

Posted to Council Corner by Nicole Strachila

Serving with council these last four years has been both a privilege and real honor. I’d like to thank Rosemary McAuliffe for the tireless dedication she has given to our city and region. Appreciation also goes to the strong work of Councilmembers Tom Agnew and Mayor Liam Olsen. 

This next January, we will have three new councilmembers joining our team, all of whom are eager to begin working for you. Please join me in welcoming Councilmember Elects Jenne Alderks, Rami Al-Kabra and Ben Mahnkey to City Council and continue to share your input and concerns with all of us. We are also welcoming a new City Manager soon, so be sure to stay tuned to city news. In this issue you will find many interesting diverse articles of probity and investing in Bothell as a place for belonging. 

The Pop Shops on Main should delight the shopper and strengthen our small business community. And if you missed the Police Community Academy, you’ll want to see what great partnerships are being formed. 

We live on a very vital waterway with treasured natural environmental resources, so check out the articles on pollution prevention and sustainable ways to give. 

Are you ready to dive in?


Please enjoy this issue and thank you for all that you bring as part of this city and our varied communities. Stay warm and stay well!