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2013 Was a Year of Growth
By Council Member Tom Agnew
Looking back over the last year, 2013 brought many positive signs of growth to Bothell. To begin with, there are tangible signs everywhere that the community’s vision for Bothell’s downtown is coming to life. The Crossroads SR 522 Realignment project transitioned to the new portion of SR 522 in August. The initial phase of the Multiway Boulevard project along Bothell Way (former SR 527) started construction this summer and will ultimately change the look and feel of that roadway in the downtown area. Buildings on the City Hall block were demolished to prepare for the future City Center project. The good news is that the City’s investments are spurring private developments such as the Six Oaks development adjacent to the Anderson Building property, The 104 at 18414 104th Ave NE, and the Village at Beardslee Crossing located just off of the Beardslee Boulevard/195th Street exit.
University of Washington Bothell is growing,too. It is now the fastest-growing campus and the largest branch campus in Washington. Construction on the $68 million science and math building is about halfway complete and is expected to open in a year. There’s much more potential to grow. Even with expanded faculty,the college is still turning qualified students away in popular programs like computer science. It’s exciting to see so much interest in UWB.
The City of Bothell also achieved an important milestone in the process of annexing areas of unincorporated King County. The Bothell City Council, the King County Council, the Northshore Fire Department and Woodinville Fire & Rescue have all approved an annexation interlocal agreement that provides for the comprehensive transition of services to the City of Bothell. The agreement is the result of three years of thoughtful negotiations to ensure that the transfer of services best meets the needs and desires of the 6,000 residents of the annexation areas. If the City Council votes to move forward, those residents will officially join Bothell at the end of February 2014. More information is available at www.ci.bothell.wa.us/annexation.
It’s a great time to be in Bothell. What’s more is that, at the core of the growth, there is a community of caring citizens who make Bothell a special place to be. Together we are securing a bright future for Bothell for generations to come.