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Main Street Enhancement update

Franchise utility relocation work will begin this month on Main Street, to prepare for the Main Street Enhancement Project. Construction on the project itself is scheduled to begin in March. 

The Main Street Enhancement project will refresh the existing Main Street by reconstructing the streetscape, upgrading the roadway infrastructure, and bolstering the look and feel of this historic street.

The City is meeting with businesses and the public on Jan. 11 to talk about the project schedule and ways to help mitigate impacts for businesses during construction. 

I-405 peak shoulder construction

Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin pre-construction activities on the Interstate 405 Northbound Peak-Use Shoulder Lane Project this week. Drivers may see daytime shoulder closures as crews clear brush and trim trees to prepare for installing electronic lane control signs and building a new noise wall. 

The project will build a new peak-use shoulder lane, which will add new capacity to general purpose lanes from SR 527 to I-5. The new lane is anticipated to open this spring. 

When this project is complete, drivers and buses will be able to use the right shoulder as an additional general-purpose lane during times with the heaviest congestion—in this case, the weekday afternoon commute. Overhead signs will alert drivers to when the lane is open. For more information and the latest construction-related closure information, please visit the project website.

Volunter for boards and commissions

Want to get involved? One way to make a difference in your community is to serve on a board or commission. Apply by Feb. 17. All terms begin April 1, 2017. Applications are available online.

Parks & Rec Foundation seeks board members

The City of Bothell has launched a new Parks & Recreation Foundation and seeks board members to lead this new organization. Ultimately the foundation will be a stand-alone body working in conjunction with the City of Bothell Parks and Recreation Department to promote and enhance parks and recreation services in Bothell. The Foundation has received its non-profit 501(3) designation, allowing it to apply for grants and receive donations to improve and acquire more park and open space in Bothell. In addition, the Foundation could engage in advocacy, support park improvements, and help fund and develop special events and recreation programs.

High school seniors: Apply now for $1,000 college scholarship

The City of Bothell is now accepting applications for the AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship fund. The scholarship is available through a statewide competitive process for students who are actively engaged in their city government and/or community and plan to attend post-secondary school in fall 2017.

To be eligible, a student must be graduating from high school, home school or receiving a GED in spring/summer 2017; live in Bothell; plan to continue their education at an accredited post-secondary institution in the 2017-2018 academic year on a half-time or more basis; and been involved with a city government or with a community/school leadership activity. Check out more information and application materials.

New City Manager starts Jan. 17

Jennifer Phillips begins as Bothell's new City Manager on Jan. 17. She brings a wealth of public administration experience, great enthusiasm and a love of the Pacific Northwest.

Welcome, Jennifer! 

Resolve to be fit?

It's not too late to sign up for a new class for the New Year! Check out options for all ages from the Parks & Recreation Department, from boating to Zumba. If you resolved to try new things, consider Pizza (or Pastries) and Pastels! Check out a new class and register today.

City Council adopts amendments to Comp Plan

After significant public engagement with affected stakeholders, the City Council adopted amendments to the Imagine Bothell… Comprehensive Plan and Bothell Municipal Code to bring closure to a years-long land use and zoning issue involving property owners and environmentalists in what is known as the “Fitzgerald area.” More specifically, the area includes the Fitzgerald/35th Avenue SE and Canyon Creek / 39th Avenue SE subareas.

The changes will allow areas east of 39th Avenue SE to incorporate low density residential neighborhoods, or a slightly higher density clustered neighborhood with preservation of existing forest land.  It also permits very-low density (not less than one residential unit per acre) for a more rural setting throughout the entire sub-area.  All future homes must incorporate site design standards for Low Impact Development (LID) storm water treatment.  

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