Sep 14

Amazon in Bothell?

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 1:42 PM by Barbara Ramey

Recent excitement about Amazon’s announcement that they are seeking a location for a second headquarters has prompted speculation and discussions about opportunities in our region.

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Sep 01

Help us plan for the future

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 1:12 PM by Barbara Ramey

As we enjoy the fall colors, local governments begin looking at the year ahead. For the City of Bothell, the City Council’s annual all day goal-setting session is a top focus and requires a great deal of thoughtful preparation. The purpose is to identify the Council’s priorities and match them with available resources, including staff capacity and funding. As staff is thinking about the community’s priorities, I encourage you to consider them too and take the opportunity to share your priorities with us. The Deputy Mayor’s column offers numerous opportunities for the community to participate in the City’s decision-making and planning processes. 

To get a snapshot of the City Council’s current goals, take a moment and review the City Council Goals Scorecard which lists the goals and shows our progress toward accomplishing these important initiatives for the community. Go to City Council Documents for the Council Goals. The goals include fiscal stability, Main Street enhancements, public safety, community events and activities, and affordable housing, just to name a few. The Scorecard will show you the work staff is doing for each goal. 

This is the time to let us know about your priorities. Contact your City Councilmembers or staff and share your ideas, concerns, or important initiatives. By doing so now, your feedback can be incorporated into the goal-setting materials. Our work is deeply enriched by the community’s participation. We hope to see you at an upcoming City Council, Board, Committee or Commission meeting in the near future. 

May 31

Preserving open space key to Bothell’s livability

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 4:07 PM by Barbara Ramey

Cranes and construction cones seem to be everywhere in downtown Bothell. Private development projects such as the Mercantile Building, the Junction, the 185 Apartments and others are underway, bringing more housing and retail to our downtown core. Meanwhile, the City’s Main Street Enhancement project is under construction, and the Multiway Boulevard Project is wrapping up this summer. We appreciate your patience as we work together to make the community’s vision for downtown a reality. It’s really an exciting phase in Bothell’s development.

At the same time, the City of Bothell is working very hard to preserve open space. A key to our success has been the initiative and involvement of community groups in at least three major efforts. For example, we recently celebrated the preservation of 63.4 acres of the North Creek Forest, just west of I-405 in Maywood Hills. The property features second growth, mature forest with wetlands and streams that connect to North Creek, the Sammamish Slough, and Puget Sound. The acquisition comes after years of work by community groups such as Friends of North Creek Forest and Help our Woods, working together with the City. 

Similarly, the City is working closely with OneBothell and Forterra on a plan to buy the Wayne Golf Course and to transform it into the Wayne/Sammamish Regional Park. King County Executive Dow Constantine recently recognized OneBothell, Forterra and the City of Bothell for our efforts to preserve this regional gem, which includes nearly a mile of shoreline along the Sammamish River. Forterra is holding the property until the end of 2017. The City is working to secure funding to buy the property from Forterra.  

As a final example, the City of Bothell Parks and Recreation Department and the Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association joined forces to submit a $1 million request to Snohomish County to purchase about 16 acres of the Shelton View Forest, located in northwest Bothell near Shelton View Elementary School. (We’re exploring options for a second 26-acre parcel owned by the Department of Natural Resources.) The Snohomish County Council recently approved the funding, and we’re grateful for Snohomish County Councilmember Terry Ryan’s advocacy. 

These milestones, and the support of our partners, make me very confident in Bothell’s future. Working together, we’re making Bothell’s downtown a vibrant place to dine, shop and enjoy community events. We’re also ensuring that there are plenty of green spaces to escape, unwind and enjoy nature.