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  • City of Bothell Looking for Applicants for AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship Fund
    2/9/2015

    Six $1,250 scholarships available for Bothell students actively engaged in city government or their community.

    The City of Bothell is accepting applications for the AWC Center for Quality Communities Scholarship fund. Six of these $1,250 scholarships are 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 2015.

    To be eligible, a student must be graduating from high school, home school or receiving a GED in spring/summer 2015; live in Bothell; plan to continue their education at an accredited post-secondary institution in the 2015-2016 academic year on a half-time or more basis; and have been involved with a city government or with a community/school leadership activity.

    Information and application materials can be obtained at the City’s website at www.ci.bothell.wa.us or www.cfqc.org  Completed applications are due to City Hall no later than March 3, 2015.

    Applicants should submit completed materials to:

    Bothell City Hall
    Attention: Peter Troedsson
    18305 101st Avenue NE
    Bothell, WA  98011

    Or email to Peter.Troedsson@ci.bothell.wa.us

    The Center for Quality Communities promotes municipal leadership development and civic engagement. The Center’s goal is to develop a broad public understanding of the important role that cities and towns play in Washington. The Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.

     

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  • McMenamins Redevelopment Moving Ahead in Bothell
    10/17/2014

    Transformation to Hotel, Brewpub and More on Tap
    October 17, 2014 – Bothell, Wash –Bothell has yet another reason to celebrate: McMenamins is finalizing its construction details and plans to start construction soon on the historic Anderson School. Earlier this year, Anderson School Properties, LLC successfully raised over $7 million in private equity to support its estimated $26 million project, the largest McMenamins establishment in Washington.

     

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    October 17, 2014 – Bothell, Wash –Bothell has yet another reason to celebrate: McMenamins is finalizing its construction details and plans to start construction soon on the historic Anderson School.  Earlier this year, Anderson School Properties, LLC successfully raised over $7 million in private equity to support its estimated $26 million project, the largest McMenamins establishment in Washington. 

     

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    Over the next year, the art deco-style Anderson school building will become a 72-room hotel with private baths, restaurants and small bars, on-site brewery, a first-run movie theater and an updated swimming pool.  As part of the unique public-private partnership between the City and McMenamins, the pool facility will be available for use by Bothell residents for free for the next 15 years along with a community room. McMenamins is currently performing some pre-construction work on the property and expects to be under full construction in mid to late November.  McMenamins is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. 

     

     “Bothell is a forward-thinking city, and the Anderson School building has great bones and lots of character. From the moment Brian and I saw it, we knew its potential for Bothell’s revitalization,” said Mike McMenamin. “It's one of the best locations we could have imagined – located along two major highways, the Sammamish River and within 30 minutes of Seattle’s fast-growing technology sector – which bodes well for its popularity and future growth. But perhaps more important than financial returns is the positive impact that live music, historical spaces, quality jobs and places to gather over a pint can have on a community.”

     

    Just last month, the City of Bothell broke ground on a new city hall and celebrated the completion of several key downtown road projects. Located in downtown Bothell, the Anderson School is in walking distance of the future City Hall/City Center campus, historic Main Street, and the Park at Bothell Landing. The McMenamins at Anderson School is situated along Bothell Way that is in the process of becoming a pedestrian-friendly European-style boulevard. 

     

    “When we met as a community over a decade ago to decide how to embrace our region’s growth and shape Bothell’s future, having a place like McMenamins in the heart of our city was little more than a dream,” commented Mayor Joshua Freed. “Now, after investing over $100 million in our downtown, we are seeing our investment pay off.  The McMenamins Anderson School project reflects the heart and character of Bothell that we have been working to preserve while ensuring that our community remains strong into the future.”

     

    McMenamins will be one of 12 breweries participating in the First Annual Bothell Beer Festival that will take place on Saturday, October 18 from noon to 5 pm on Festival Street (101st) between Main Street and 183rd Street in historic downtown Bothell. For tickets and more information, go to www.bothellbeerfest.com.

     

    City of Bothell

    Bothell citizens, business and community leaders came together several years ago to develop a vision for Bothell’s downtown and for Bothell’s future as a whole.  The first downtown revitalization projects broke ground in 2010.  To date, the City has invested over $100M in vital capital projects as part of a $150M program initially planned and approved several years ago. These improvements, according to economic studies, will leverage $650M in private investment.  Already Bothell has garnered $200M in private investment planned for downtown in the next several years. www.ci.bothell.wa.us

     

    About McMenamins

    Founded in 1983 by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin with a pub in Portland, Ore., McMenamins now includes 52 neighborhood locations throughout Oregon and Washington (including restaurants/bars, hotels, meeting and event spaces, movie theaters, live music venues, spas, gardens and much more) that offer a casual, relaxed atmosphere where children are always welcome and regulars are common. Independently and family-owned, McMenamins is one of the largest producers of craft beer in a region famous for it, and also distills spirits, roasts coffee, makes wine and ferments hard cider. The company is known for its concert venues and love for art and historic buildings, with 18 of its properties on the National Register of Historic Places. McMenamins.com  

     

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    Contact:

    City of Bothell: Catherine Jansen, 425.486.3256, catherine.jansen@ci.bothell.wa.us

    McMenamins: Vicky Hastings, 503.231.3086, vicky@maxwellpr.com

  • City Council Adopts 2015-2021 Capital Facilities Plan
    9/25/2014

    The CFP is a seven-year comprehensive financial plan and needs assessment that identifies and prioritizes funding for capital improvements such as facilities, parks, transportation, and utility projects.

    On September 16, 2014, Bothell City Council adopted the 2015-2021 Capital Facilities Plan (CFP). The CFP is a seven-year comprehensive financial plan and needs assessment that identifies and prioritizes funding for capital improvements such as facilities, parks, transportation, and utility projects.  The approximately $226 million Capital Facilities Plan incorporates 55 projects over the seven-year planning period.

    “The Capital Facilities Plan is a long-term capital financing strategy that will have a positive and lasting legacy on our community by providing the City of Bothell the means to address infrastructure needs with capital-specific revenue sources,” said City of Bothell City Manager Bob Stowe. “This CFP significantly progresses Bothell’s long-term capital vision by delivering and promoting the community’s vision of Bothell.”

    The Plan includes exciting transformations for the City of Bothell such as

    • New City Hall building in 2015,
    • Multiway Boulevard (SR 522 to Reder Way),
    • Main Street Extension (extending Main Street from Bothell Way to 98th Ave NE),
    • Main Street Enhancement (improving streetscape to Main Street from Bothell Way to 102nd Ave NE),
    • 1st Lieutenant Nicholas Madrazo US Marine Corps Memorial Park,
    • Park at Bothell Landing expansion improvements,
    • SR 522 Stage 3 (from 91st Ave NE to 83rd Pl NE),
    • North Creek Trail (500 Feet West of SR 524 to 500 Feet West of Filbert Dr),
    • Sammamish River Bridge Replacement (Waynita Dr NE and 96th Ave NE), and
    • Horse Creek Improvements.


    The capital funding for these projects comes from Real Estate Excise Tax (REET), grants, Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) bond proceeds, transportation and park mitigation and impact fees, utility user and facility fees, and proceeds from the sale of surplus property. Grant funding accounts for more than 38 percent of CFP project funding.

    In 2007, Bothell received the Governor’s SMART award for the City’s CFP development process. The award was made in recognition of the innovative and effective elements incorporated into the CFP. The City has successfully brought to fruition numerous facility, park, transportation and utility projects. The City’s 2015-2021 CFP continues to advance the community’s long-term capital vision by addressing pressing community capital investment needs while emphasizing revenue-generating redevelopment of Bothell’s Historic Downtown area.

    To review the Capital Facilities Plan and the full project list,click here or contact Finance Director Tami Schackman at 425.486.6250 or at tami.schackman@ci.bothell.wa.us.

  • City Adds More Acres to Protected North Creek Forest
    1/3/2014

    The City of Bothell has acquired 5.9 acres of forested land in the North Creek Forest. Added to the 35.66 acres acquired by Bothell two years ago, this brings the total acquisition of North Creek Forest property to over 41 acres. The land was purchased from Tom and Jeanie Robinson who acquired the site several years ago to protect it and donated a portion of the value to the City. The property will remain as open space in perpetuity.

    The acquisition was approved by a unanimous vote of the City Council on December 10, 2013. “Bothell is fortunate to have undeveloped forest in the midst of a rapidly growing area,” said Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb. “Thanks to the hard work of City staff and members of the community, additional acres of North Creek Forest will be protected now and for future generations.”

    Funding to purchase the property came through a grant from King County Conservation Futures funds and through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office which administered the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program. The City worked in collaboration with two community groups, the Friends of the North Creek Forest and Help Our Woods, to apply for grant funding.

    The entire North Creek Forest is 64 acres in size, consists of mature coniferous forest with large Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Cedar trees, and is home to a wide array of plants and animals, including Pileated Woodpecker and Band-tailed Pigeon. The forest is an integral part of the North Creek watershed, which filters water flowing into North Creek, and active salmon stream.

  • Solid waste/recycling service during inclement weather
    12/27/2013

    Click here to learn about what to expect if your Waste Management solid waste/recycling service is interrupted due to inclement weather.  You may also reach Waste Management at 800.592.9995 for automated updates and more information.

     

  • Looking for a volunteer opportunity for 2014?
    12/12/2013

    Bothell, WA – The City of Bothell is accepting applications through February 14, 2014, to serve on the following advisory boards and commissions:

    Landmark Preservation Board 
      
    Two full-term vacancies:  5-year terms

    Library Board   

    Two full-term vacancies:  5-year terms

    Lodging Tax Advisory Committee   
    Three full-term vacancies:  2-year terms
    One partial term vacancy:  expires 3/31/2015
    Special qualifications apply to all four positions; please contact the City Clerk’s office for information.

    Parks & Recreation Board   
    Three full-term vacancies:  3-year terms

    Planning Commission   
    Two full-term vacancies:  4-year terms

    Civil Service Commission

    One full - term vacancy: 6 year term
    One partial - term vacancy: expires 3/31/2016

    LEOFF-1 Disability Board

    One full term vacancy: 2 year term
       
    Note:  Appointments to full-term vacancies will take effect on April 1, 2014. Appointments to partial-term vacancies will take effect immediately upon appointment. Interviews before the City Council are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 with appointments tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

    Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office, Bothell City Hall, 18305 - 101st Avenue NE, (425) 486-3256.  Please consult the City Clerk’s office for membership requirements, meeting times, and locations for the various boards and commissions. 

  • City of Bothell to Welcome Over 6,000 New Residents
    11/27/2013

    At their November 19, 2013, meeting, the Bothell City Council adopted an ordinance annexing all nine of Bothell’s designated potential annexation areas (PAAs) in King County (click here for map).  The areas range in size from 1.9 to 660 acres, and in population from 7 to 3,980 persons.  Total area is 1,005 acres, and total population is an estimated 6,080 persons.  Four of the annexation areas are islands of unincorporated King County completely surrounded by Bothell.

    The annexations were initiated in February 2010 and processed under the city/county/fire district annexation interlocal agreement method, as provided in state law.  This method, which does not involve an election. is most suitable for infill annexations which square off a city’s boundaries and are undisputed by any other jurisdiction.  The nine annexations have been designated by city and county plans as part of Bothell’s logical service area since the mid-1990s, and will eliminate a number of pockets of unincorporated territory that have been difficult for the County to serve.

    The annexations will go into effect on February 28, 2014. 

    “We’re looking forward to the privilege of serving our new citizens,” said Bothell City Manager Bob Stowe.  “We’re eager to demonstrate what makes Bothell a very special community.”

    The nine PAAs and estimated population numbers are as follows:
    1.    North Bloomberg Hill = 405
    2.    Hillside Estates = 39
    3.    South Norway Hill / NE 160th = 3,980
    4.    Magnolia Dairy / South Westhill = 1,195
    5.    North Westhill = 380
    6.    Westhill Island / North = 34
    7.    Westhill Island / East = 7
    8.    Westhill Island / South = 32
    9.    Maywood Island = 8

    The annexations implement the state Growth Management Act, which establishes that cities are the most appropriate providers of urban services.  The annexation process was initiated by resolution of the Bothell City Council in February 2010.  Over the next three years, interlocal agreements were negotiated with King County, Fire District 16, and Fire District 36.  Following approval of interlocal agreements by all parties, four notices of intention covering the nine PAAs were submitted to the King County Boundary Review Board.  The annexations were approved by the Board on November 15, 2013, clearing the way for the Bothell City Council to adopt an ordinance annexing in the nine PAAs.

  • Changes to City of Bothell Parking Regulations
    11/5/2013

    Bothell City Council recently approved several changes to Bothell Municipal Codes pertaining to parking regulations and enforcement.  These changes went into effect October 12, 2013, with the intent of promoting traffic safety and keeping roadways free from hazardous conditions.

    Highlights of these changes include the following:

    •    In any area allowing public parking, vehicles must park within pavement markings which indicate parking spaces or stalls.
    •    Drivers may not stop, stand or park vehicles front of mailboxes except to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device.
    •    Parking in a marked fire lane or in a manner that obstructs vehicular ingress or egress of a fire lane is prohibited.
    •    Parking permits no longer expire one year from the date of issue. Permits do not expire so long as the permit holder retains the permit vehicle and resides at the address specified in the permit application.
    •    Penalties for parking violations have been changed from misdemeanors to infractions, with fines of $40.  Fire lane violation penalties carry a fine of $150.
    For a complete review of City of Bothell parking regulations and codes, citizens can find them online at www.ci.bothell.wa.us, under City Services/City Council. Questions about parking regulations and enforcement in the City of Bothell may be directed to the Bothell Police Department at (425) 486-1254

  • Fraud Suspects Impersonate Law Enforcement Using Technology
    9/20/2013

    The Bothell Police Department is warning the public about a fraud scam where suspects impersonate law enforcement officials and use technology to display incorrect caller ID information.

    Bothell, Wash. – The Bothell Police Department is warning the public about a fraud scam where suspects impersonate law enforcement officials and use technology to display incorrect caller ID information.  On September 12, 2013, an elderly woman who resides in Bothell received a phone call from a suspect claiming to be an FBI agent.  The woman was told she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but would need to wire $1,400 to Mexico City in order to receive her winnings.  The suspect told the woman this could be verified by local police, and provided the name of a police captain employed by the Bothell Police Department.  The woman then received a call from a suspect who claimed to be the local police captain.  Her caller ID displayed “Bothell Police” and a number associated with the police department.  This suspect told the woman he had received confirmation from the FBI agent that the information was correct, and instructed the woman to wire the money.  The woman and her husband instead went to the Bothell Police Department and confirmed that the information was not correct. 

     

    Citizens are warned that suspects have the ability to have caller ID’s display incorrect information.  Any citizen who has received similar calls should immediately report them to their local police departments.  Contact information for the Bothell Police Department.

     

    Additional information available to help avoid becoming a victim of fraud can be found at www.consumer.ftc.gov.  

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    Contact:

    Media inquiries should be directed to Sgt. Cedric Collins at 206-794-6307 or E-mail at cedric.collins.@ci.bothell.wa.us

  • Bothell Downtown Redevelopment Milestone
    8/12/2013


    State Highway 522 Realignment Opens 
    Significant Regional Transportation and Downtown Redevelopment Project


    Bothell – August 12, 2013 – Leading the largest municipal downtown project in the state, today the City of Bothell celebrated the success of a significant capital project with the opening of the new State Route 522 (SR 522) alignment.

    The $60 million dollar project, called Crossroads, is the largest single capital investment in the City’s history.  The project shifts SR 522 one block to the south, decoupling SR 522 from Bothell’s Main Street.  The project will improve capacity for the 46,000 plus vehicles that pass through the intersection daily, add commercial blocks to the downtown core and increase the Park at Bothell Landing.  The project team includes:  Perteet, Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff, HWA GeoSciences, Hough Beck & Baird, Freedman Tung & Sasaki, Atkinson Construction, KLB Construction and Totem Electric.

    It also takes downtown redevelopment to the next phase.  The old SR 522 alignment will now become an east-west connection with future development that will extend Main Street and complete the City’s downtown street grid.  By extending Main Street to the west and developing a Boulevard along Bothell Way NE (former SR 527) the City will connect historic Main Street to new development west of Bothell Way NE.

    “The Crossroads Project will mean less cut-through traffic in our residential neighborhoods and a quicker commute,” said City Mayor Mark Lamb. “This project also represents another major milestone in revitalizing our historic downtown. Crossroads is part of a multi-year effort to redevelop downtown with new residential, retail, office, mixed-use and an expanded park system. Today, that vision is one major step closer.”    

    “This is an exciting time for Bothell,” said Bob Stowe, Bothell City Manager. “I am extremely proud of the way the Bothell community has stepped up and responded to some difficult economic times; the way we have leaned into the recession and the future we are now creating.  Our community’s vision is coming to life as public investments are attracting private vertical development.  Bothell’s re-imagined downtown will not only create jobs and new economic opportunities, it will create a sense of place and commons for friends and family to enjoy.”

    The City formally started its revitalization process in the spring of 2005 when residents, businesses, schools, and government came together to develop a fresh new vision for Bothell’s future. Economic projections indicated that, over a 25-year period, the City’s public improvements and strategic actions would leverage $650 million in private investment.  Currently, over $200 million in private investment is in the development pipeline or under construction today. 

    In looking back over the last eight years, City Manager Bob Stowe recounts the 10 most important actions the City has taken to arrive at Bothell’s current success in transforming its Downtown into a place for people to live, work, recreate, shop and socialize. 

    City Actions
    1.    Separated on-going revenues/expenses from one-time revenues/expenses, creating a funding account for downtown investments.
    2.    Engaged the Bothell community in a multi-year planning process that continues to guide the City’s actions today.
    3.    Identified infrastructure investments that would achieve the City's targeted ROI.
    4.    Purchased 25 acres of land within the Downtown to sell strategically under the City’s role as a Master Developer.
    5.    Relocated/aided 32 businesses and tore down 30 buildings, turning back decades of auto oriented/strip mall development to make way for a re-imagined City.
    6.    Performing a multi-million dollar environmental clean-up of the Downtown to ready it for development.
    7.    Launched an initiative to improve how the City processes development permits to improve predictability to those who choose to invest in Bothell.
    8.    Assumed the role of Master Developer when the recession occurred and shouldered private sector risk by holding property the City assembled, thereby mitigating the cost for development partners.
    9.    Final stages of the Crossroads project – the largest capital investment in the City’s history.
    10.    Broken ground on $90 million of public infrastructure improvements in Downtown Bothell all within an existing 104 year old community.  The City’s investment of $90 million in vital capital projects is part of a $150 million program of planned infrastructure improvements.

    About Bothell
    For more information see www.FutureofBothell.com

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