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  • Crews respond quickly to collision involving fuel spill
    1/29/2016

    Thanks to crews from Bothell Police, Fire and Public Works who responded to a collision yesterday (1/28) that resulted in a fuel spill from a vehicle into the storm water system.

    Thanks to crews from Bothell Police, Fire and Public Works who responded to a collision yesterday (1/28) that resulted in a fuel spill from a vehicle into the storm water system. The accident, involving a school bus (no kids were aboard) and two vehicles, did not result in any injuries. Public Works crews took every precautionary measure possible, including opening catch basins and adding absorbent. The gasoline mixed very quickly with water from recent rains and some flowed into the Sammamish River. As part of routine policy for such a situation, crews immediately notified the Washington State Department of Ecology.

  • Help name a future downtown Bothell park
    1/21/2016

    The City of Bothell wants ideas to name a small future downtown park. Send ideas by 2/10.

    The City of Bothell wants ideas to name a small future downtown park near McMenamins Anderson School and south of Pop Keeney Stadium. Currently, the park is referred to as the Half-Acre Park because of its size.

     

    The City of Bothell’s policy is to choose names for parks and recreation facilities based on the following criteria, in no priority order:

     

    • Neighborhood or geographical identification. An example would be Royal Oaks Park.
    • A natural or geological feature. An example are the North Creek Sportsfields.
    • Historical or cultural significance. An example is the Park at Bothell Landing.
    • An historical figure (example William Penn Park); or an individual (living or deceased) who made significant land, monetary or civic contribution to the park system or gave their life while serving the United States of America in military service.
    • As required by a purchase agreement (which is not the case in this instance)

    The Parks and Recreation Board will recommend a name(s) for the new park at the February 11 Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The Bothell City Council will be provided with the Parks and Recreation Board recommendation for consideration and will decide the name for the new park. The name chosen shall remain for a minimum of 25 years.

     

    Send your suggestions for the park new name by February 10 to Parks and Recreation Director John Keates at john.keates@bothellwa.gov or call 425-806-6751.

  • Council elects Andy Rheaume mayor and Davina Duerr deputy mayor
    1/5/2016

    At its meeting tonight, the Bothell City Council elected Andy Rheaume as Mayor and Davina Duerr as Deputy Mayor of the City of Bothell. Both positions are two-year terms that will end on Dec. 31, 2017.

    First African-American and Asian-American sworn in as new Councilmembers

    (Updated 1/7)

    At its meeting tonight, the Bothell City Council elected Andy Rheaume as Mayor and Davina Duerr as Deputy Mayor of the City of Bothell. Both positions are two-year terms that will end on Dec. 31, 2017.

     

    “We hope to continue the good progress of the City with the leadership of this new Council,” said Mayor Rheaume.

     

    Rheaume has served on the Bothell City Council since 2012. His most recent committee assignments included Human Services, WRIA 8 Forum, and the Eastside Transportation Partnership. He was an alternate on the Sound Cities Association and Northshore Parks and Recreation Service Area Board.

     

    After his election as mayor, Rheaume said, “This is the most ethnically diverse Council in the City of Bothell's history.”

     

    Duerr is half Chinese and incoming Councilmember James McNeal is African-American.

     

    A licensed architect, Duerr has served on the Northshore Schools Foundation and the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board. She also co-founded the “Milk Money Campaign” to raise money for homeless and disadvantaged children in the Northshore School District. She cited safe routes to school, restoring historic Main Street as a means for economic development, and protecting parks and open spaces through a parks-only bond as her current priorities. 

     

    “I’d like to continue the community engagement I saw in the campaign,” Duerr said. “Bothell has a lot of issues that can be solved with community engagement.”

     

    McNeal, a project manager at a construction company, was a founding member and past president of OneBothell, a group formed to preserve Wayne Golf Course land. He cited many goals in working for the residents of Bothell, ranging from parks to transportation, public safety and fiscal responsibility.

     

    “I’m interested in working toward a united Council that works for all of Bothell,” McNeal said. “I’m excited to be a part of Bothell’s history.”

     

    Duerr, James McNeal and Andy Rheaume were all sworn in by Judge Michelle Gehlsen tonight before the mayoral election.

     

    The City of Bothell has a council-manager form of government. The City Council is the legislative body and sets policy, passes local ordinances, and approves the city budget. The city manager provides professional management of the city, overseeing a staff that enacts the Council’s policies.

     

    The mayor will be paid $1,200/month, the deputy mayor will receive $1,050/month. Councilmembers receive $1,000/month.

  • Bothell’s Multiway Boulevard Project is a stormwater star
    12/10/2015

    The Greenroads Foundation announced this week that Phase One of the City of Bothell’s $25 million Multiway Boulevard project has earned a Greenroads Bronze Rating. The two-phase project provides access and mobility, walkability, parking and new space for local business in the heart of downtown Bothell. The project also ties the new development west of Bothell Way NE with the historic downtown, serving as a key element of Bothell’s downtown redevelopment plan.

    Project stands out for exceptional mobility and environmental standards

    The Greenroads Foundation announced this week that Phase One of the City of Bothell’s $25 million  Multiway Boulevard project has earned a Greenroads Bronze Rating. The two-phase project provides access and mobility, walkability, parking and new space for local business in the heart of downtown Bothell. The project also ties the new development west of Bothell Way NE with the historic downtown, serving as a key element of Bothell’s downtown redevelopment plan.

     

    “The City of Bothell had the vision, while the consultant, Perteet, Inc. and the contractor, Johansen Excavating, Inc., had the expertise and determination to deliver this beautiful, sustainable project,” said Dr. Jeralee Anderson, Executive Director of Greenroads.

     

    “The Greenroads recognition affirms the City of Bothell’s investment in the Multiway Boulevard Project as one that will support the City’s goals for mobility, sustainability and economic development,” said Erin Leonhart, Public Works Director for the City of Bothell. “We’re looking forward to proceeding with the final phase of the project in 2016, with the recently-announced $6.75 million grant from the Transportation Improvement Board.”

     

    Above ground, it is the model of access, mobility and urban density, designed more like an old-world, international boulevard than a suburban American transportation corridor. With parking and bicycles separated from arterial traffic, charming (yet energy efficient) lamps, rain gardens with trees, and the 147 percent increase in sidewalk surface area, residents and visitors can safely and comfortably walk and linger. Upon full buildout, the project will add 82 on-street parking spaces.

     

    But it is what residents and visitors don’t see that makes this space sustainable. The project manages 98.1 percent of stormwater run-off and run-on through bioswales, raingardens, permeable pavers, amended soils and an underground system called a treatment gallery which treats more than 278 million gallons of stormwater. The project is adjacent to Horse Creek and the Sammamish Slough, both salmon-bearing streams.

     

    The project also included:

    • Energy efficient lighting through the corridor.
    • New cameras and signals to optimize mobility.
    • Urban street amenities to promote pedestrian safety.
    • A higher than average level of recycled pavement.
    • Environmental training for contractor and sub-contractor teams.

     

    “Perteet is a national leader for building sustainable projects. They have the knowledge, the experience, and the drive to make it happen. They expect all members of their team to be trained in Greenroads and provide this level of service to agencies,” said Anderson. 

     

    General contractor Johansen Excavating, Inc. also supported the sustainable aspects of the project. “A lot of the environmental training was new for us and it added to the project,” said Jake Rudolph, Johansen Excavating, Inc. “I will definitely take what we did here to our next project.”

     

    The City of Bothell has used Greenroads for several projects and finds the Greenroads Ratings System quantifies and qualifies best practices. “The City expects to deliver high-quality projects in an accountable and transparent way. The Greenroads system with its very specific project goals and requirements makes that happen,” said Anderson.

  • Road closures due to flooding
    12/9/2015

    As of 1 p.m. these roads are both REOPEN for travel.

     

    240 St SE between 35 Ave SE and Fitzgerald Road – Roadway is closed with full detour in place.  Fitzgerald Road is open for local access only.  Variable message boards are in in place on 228th St SE.

     

    120 Ave NE in the N bound outside lane just North of NE 195 St – Lane closure in place.

     

    Remember, do not drive around barricaded roads. Roads are closed only when necessary for safety reasons.

  • City of Bothell awarded $6.75 million from Transportation Improvement Board
    11/20/2015

    At the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board meeting today, the City of Bothell was awarded a $6.75 million grant for its Multiway Boulevard Phase II construction. These TIB funds, combined with anticipated proceeds from the sale of downtown property, allow the City the ability to proceed with Phase II. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Bothell City Council will consider a staff recommendation to move ahead, with construction beginning in the spring of 2016 and completion in about 15 months.

     

    The $14 million Multiway Boulevard project will enhance Bothell Way from State Route 522 to NE 188th Street. The Boulevard is a key component of Bothell’s downtown redevelopment plan. Phase I of the project completed landscaped medians, a side access lane with parking and sidewalk on the west side of Bothell Way from NE 183rd Street to Reder Way. Phase II of the project will complete the remainder of the Boulevard to NE 188th Street, realizing the City’s goal of joining the new development on the west side of Bothell Way with the historic core on the east side.

     

    The Multiway Boulevard is a street type unlike any other in the Puget Sound and like few in America.  Modeled after streets in Europe and other parts of the world, upon full buildout, the project will:

     

    • Boost roadway capacity with two lanes in each direction and alternating left turn lanes; 
    • Provide tree-lined medians, forming a buffer between fast-moving vehicles and slower-paced pedestrians and bicyclists;
    • Include wide sidewalks and
    • Add 82 on-street parking spaces.
  • Storm update
    11/17/2015

    11/19: All roads that were closed because of this week's storm are now reopen.

    Power has been restored to the majority of PSE customers; a few spotty outages remain.

    PSE and Snohomish County PUD continue to work to restore power to all customers.

     

    The 11/17 Council meeting is postponed to 5 pm 11/24.

  • Bothell City Hall celebrates grand opening Nov. 7
    11/2/2015

    A key element of Bothell’s downtown revitalization

    The City of Bothell invites the public to celebrate the completion of its new City Hall at 18415 101st Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. A live band will kick things off at 10 a.m., followed by brief speeches, a plaque dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The public will be encouraged to visit all floors of the building for an open house from about 10:45 a.m. until noon. Complimentary refreshments and activities for children, including supervised building with Lego blocks, will be available. The public also can purchase crepes from the Crisp Creperie food truck, which will be on 101st Avenue Northeast. A section of 101st Avenue from 183rd Street to 185th Street will be closed for the event from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

    A key element of Bothell’s downtown revitalization 

     

    The City of Bothell invites the public to celebrate the completion of its new City Hall at 18415 101st Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. A live band will kick things off at 10 a.m., followed by brief speeches, a plaque dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The public will be encouraged to visit all floors of the building for an open house from about 10:45 a.m. until noon. Complimentary refreshments and activities for children, including supervised building with Lego blocks, will be available. The public also can purchase crepes from the Crisp Creperie food truck, which will be on 101st Avenue Northeast. A section of 101st Avenue from 183rd Street to 185th Street will be closed for the event from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

     

    City Hall is an important component of the City of Bothell’s ambitious downtown revitalization, which includes McMenamins Anderson School, new multi-family apartment communities, restaurants and retail, and future plans for two hotels and a specialty grocery store. Serving as a community gathering place, the new City Hall anchors the municipal campus that also includes the Police Department and Municipal Court building. It is designed to create visual and pedestrian connections between key activity centers in downtown through civic and retail plazas and water features. The city hall plaza and water feature will be completed next year.

     

    “My passion is helping communities redevelop their downtown into the places where people want to live, work, recreate, shop, and socialize,” said Bob Stowe, Bothell City Manager. “The grand opening is a chance to celebrate the City Hall, as well as the opportunities it provides to bring our community together.”

     

    The new City Hall includes a 53,000 square foot, four-story office building with Council Chambers and community meeting spaces, a large plaza and a 254-car parking garage. The garage is designed for shared parking with the future hotels, and will be used for public parking during evenings and on weekends. The new structure is designed to LEED Gold specifications and features a solar array, a living wall and additional LEED designed components. Phase 2 of the project will demolish the old city hall and replace it with a landscaped public green space, which is expected to be completed in February of 2016.

     

    The development team consists of National Development Council, The Miller Hull Partnership, GLY Construction and City Investors Development, an affiliate of Vulcan Real Estate. The team expects the project to come in over $1 million under budget with the conclusion of Phase 1.

     

    “It is Bothell’s fiscal policies and smart investments that have made this building possible,” said John Finke, Senior Program Manager at National Development Council. “Our development team has performed remarkably, resulting in the project being completed on time and with significant cost savings that will be returned to the City.”

     

    Working with the National Development Council, the City of Bothell entered into a public-private partnership that utilized the American Model approach to finance the project. The model allows for a lease / leaseback financing structure using 63-20 Bonds, a form of tax exempt private activity bonds. Upon substantial completion of the project, the facilitating non-profit, National Development Council, will lease back the City Hall project to the City of Bothell. Ownership of the City Hall will transfer to the City at no additional cost when the lease (debt) payments are retired.

     

    “We’re proud to help usher in this new era for Bothell, and consider it an honor to serve as the City’s development partner on such a significant project,” said Ada M. Healey, Vice President of Vulcan Real Estate. “The new City Hall is a highly sustainable building that will meet the needs of the City and its residents for years to come.”

  • Plan for road closures in Bothell the week of Oct. 26th
    10/26/2015

    In downtown Bothell, one block of 98th Avenue will be partially closed between NE 183rd Street and NE 185th Street from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.

    In downtown Bothell, one block of 98th Avenue will be partially closed between NE 183rd Street and NE 185th Street from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily Oct. 26 through Oct. 30. Detours will be marked and flaggers will direct traffic. Drivers should use NE 183rd Street to get to the Bothell Library.

    In addition, the right turn lane from 98th Avenue to State Route 522 will be closed for 24 hours/day until further notice. The closures are necessary for construction work related to the Horse Creek Improvements project.

     

    Details and maps are available on the City’s website.

     


     

  • New Bothell City Hall to open Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
    10/20/2015


    Grand opening set for Saturday, Nov. 7

     

    The new Bothell City Hall will open for business at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 at 18415 101st Ave. NE. The opening is on time and the construction project is anticipated to be under the $46.7 million budget.

     

    The new City Hall will consolidate staff and functions from six buildings into one to improve customer service. It replaces an increasingly costly and physically inadequate City Hall built in 1938, when Bothell’s population was 800. The new building offers services to the public on the first floor, with additional staff housed on three upper floors. The building totals 53,350 feet above grade with 82,000 feet below grade, including a three-level underground parking garage. Dedicated parking stalls will be available for public use during the evening and on weekends.

     

    The public is invited to a grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Along with a dedication and ribbon-cutting, the public will be able to tour the building during an open house.

     

    Starting Monday, Oct. 26, many city phone numbers will change. All are in the 425 area code.

     

    City Hall Reception: 806-6100
    Community Development: 806-6400
    Inspection Line: 806-6107
    Permit Services: 806-6101
    Public Works (City Hall): 806-6800
    Parks and Recreation: 806-6750
    Utility Billing: 806-6881
    Downtown Fire Station: 806-6242
    Citizen emergency hotline: 806-6109

     

    The phone numbers for the Operations Center, Police, and Court will not change with the move; those functions will not move. Although the Downtown Fire Station is getting a new phone number, its physical location is not changing.

     

    As part of the move, the City will need to relocate equipment for Bothell Community Television (BCTV), the City’s government access channel. Service over cable to Comcast and Frontier customers will be disrupted, potentially for several days, sometime between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3. Check the City website for updates. Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings and other selected videos are available on YouTube at youtube.com/user/CityofBothell. The YouTube channel will not be affected by the move.

  • Protect storm drains from clogging
    10/9/2015

    There are many things you can do prevent neighborhood flooding.

    During the fall, leaves and other debris can clog storm drains, leaving neighborhoods at risk for flooding. Many residents mistakenly blow or sweep their fallen leaves into the street, not realizing they become a safety hazard.

     

    City crews do their best to sweep and clear the streets, but with more than 8,000 storm drains in the City of Bothell, it’s no simple task.

     

    There are many ways to safeguard yourself and your community:

    • Rake leaves into your yard waste bin.
    • Use leaves as mulch on garden beds and landscaped areas.
    • Join the Adopt-A-Drain Program and pledge to remove leaves from at least four storm drains in your area.
    • Tell your friends and neighbors how they can help.

     

    Adopt-A-Drain Program

    Volunteer to keep at least four storm drains clear in your neighborhood.

  • Downtown Bothell will be hopping Oct. 15 - 17
    10/8/2015

    Downtown Bothell will be the place to be, just pack your patience.

    Downtown Bothell will be the place to be next week, just pack your patience. There will be three major events: a Bothell High School football game, the grand opening of McMenamins Anderson School, and the second annual Bothell Beer Festival. Leave extra time to find parking and expect traffic congestion. Consider walking, taking the bus, or carpooling to events.

     

    The City of Bothell Police has four officers who help manage outgoing traffic at each Bothell High School football game; typically about 3,000 fans attend. If you’re one of those, consider walking to McMenamins before or after the game.

     

    October 15, 7 p.m.
    Bothell High School football game

    Pop Keeney Stadium
    18315 Bothell Way NE

     

    Oct. 15 – 17, times vary
    McMenamins Anderson School
    grand opening
    18607 Bothell Way NE

     

    Oct. 17, noon – 6 p.m.
    Bothell Beer Festival

    101st Ave NE between Main Street and 183rd Street

  • Bothell-Everett Highway closed due to multiple car accident
    9/25/2015

    Bothell-Everett Highway will be closed in both directions from 228th Street SE to 240th Street SE for several hours.

    Bothell-Everett Highway will be closed in both directions from 228th Street SE to 240th Street SE for investigation of a multiple car accident resulting in injuries. The highway will remain closed for several hours. Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

     

    Investigators are on scene. The Bothell Police Department will release further details as they become available.

  • Bothell recovering from windstorm
    8/31/2015

    Updated 9/2, 12:40 p.m.

    Crews worked over the weekend of Aug. 29-30, responding to the windstorm that knocked out power to about 500,000 people throughout the Puget Sound region. Here in Bothell, six roads were closed at one point due to downed power lines. Dispatchers and the Police Department together answered more than 700 calls. Within the first 24 hours of the storm, Bothell Fire and E.M.S. responded to 124 calls, three times the average amount of calls.

     

    Safety tips:

    • Stay away from all power lines on the ground. Call 911 for downed power lines or emergencies only.
    • Remember to treat intersections without power as a 4-way stop.

     

    Power updates:

    Bothell is served by Snohomish County PUD and Puget Sound Energy.
     

    Ongoing clean up:

    Crews will continue cleaning up fallen branches and debris in the right-of-way.

    What to do with debris:

    • Branches under 4 feet long can go in the organics cart.
    • Extra yard waste should be put in heavy paper bags, bundled and tied together, or put in rigid cans marked "Yard Waste." There is a charge for extra yard debris, or save it for the next pickup. See Recology CleanScapes or Waste Management for details.
    • Any food that has spoiled can go in the organics cart. Remember to remove packaging first. Tips for food handling.
  • Bothell's latest eNews
    8/19/2015

    Construction, concerts, a candidates' forum, a call for photos, check out all the news that begins with "c" and more from the City of Bothell.

  • Tonight’s concert cancelled due to forecasted lightning
    8/14/2015

    Tonight’s scheduled concert at the North Creek Sportsfield #3, Creme Tangerine, has been cancelled because lightning is expected. The concert was scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The Kids Love Soccer program at Cedar Grove Park is cancelled tonight as well. Several thunderstorms are forecasted with possible small hail and frequent lightning this evening.

    The concert will not be rescheduled.

  • City Council directs staff to appeal Hearings Board’s decision
    8/3/2015

    The City Council has directed staff to appeal the Growth Management Hearings Board’s decision related to Ordinance No. 2163, which amended the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implemented development regulations.

    The City Council has directed staff to appeal the Growth Management Hearings Board’s July 21 decision related to Ordinance No. 2163, which amended the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implemented development regulations. The City of Bothell remains committed to balancing the City’s desire to protect the North Creek Fish and Wildlife Critical Habitat Protection Area while allowing environmentally responsible development to occur as required by the Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A). More ...

  • Bothell Landing parking lot to close for restriping for about 12 hours
    7/15/2015

    Starting about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 until about 11 a.m. on Monday, July 20, the paved 25-stall parking lot at the Park at Bothell Landing, 9919 NE 180th Street, will close for restriping.

    Gravel lot, street parking still available 

     

    Starting about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 until about 11 a.m. on Monday, July 20, the paved 25-stall parking lot at the Park at Bothell Landing, 9919 NE 180th Street, will close for restriping. Park users should plan to use street parking or the gravel lot until the paved lot reopens. Crews will use quick drying paint so motorists can use the lot as soon as crews finish painting and reopen the lot.

     

    Signage at the park will warn motorists about the temporary closure. Monday mornings are the park’s least busiest time.

  • Bothell City Council adopts update of Imagine Bothell … Comprehensive Plan
    7/8/2015

    The Bothell City Council unanimously approved the updated Imagine Bothell … Comprehensive Plan on 7/7.

    The Bothell City Council approved the updated Imagine Bothell … Comprehensive Plan at last night’s Council meeting, wrapping up a public engagement process that included more than 40 public hearings.

     

    The 2015 Periodic Plan and Code Update to the Imagine Bothell… Comprehensive Plan includes, among other provisions:

     

    1. Accommodation of state growth targets through the provision of mixed-use zoning in the Canyon Park Business Center. The new designation would accommodate about 4,500 additional people and provide residential uses within the Canyon Park Business Center for the first time;
    2. Policies addressing climate change, air and water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat;
    3. A continued focus on development of the downtown area as a mixed use urban growth center;
    4. Policies enabling and supporting high quality transit services to meet future growth needs, as well as transit oriented development (TOD);
    5. Revision and expansion of the City’s regulations pertaining to accessory dwelling units (ADUs), including allowing for detached ADUs;
    6. Continued integration of growth and enrollment at the University of Washington Bothell.

     

    The City Council also crafted the final language about transportation policy for infill development by balancing neighborhood preservation with the needs for improved mobility.

     

    The new plan goes into effect July 18. 

     

    Work began in February 2014 to update the Comprehensive Plan.  After more than 40 public hearings, the Planning Commission presented its recommendation to City Council in April 2015 for consideration.  The City Council held a public hearing over eight meeting dates to adjust the final elements and direction of the plan.

  • Bothell welcomes new Human Resources Director, Communications Officer
    6/24/2015

    The City of Bothell welcomes two new Executive Leadership Team members this week: Dean Perez, Human Resources Director, and Barbara Ramey, Communications Officer.

    The City of Bothell welcomes two new Executive Leadership Team members this week: Dean Perez, Human Resources Director, and Barbara Ramey, Communications Officer.

     

    Perez comes to Bothell from Clatsop County, Oregon, where he served as Director of Administrative Services, supervising Human Resources, Information Systems and Emergency Management. He brings more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He was awarded the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Perez also is a senior officer in the Army National Guard and has served two combat tours in Afghanistan.

     

    Ramey most recently served as a Communications Specialist at King County Elections where she managed media relations, social media, and ethnic media campaigns. She brings 25 years of professional communications experience to the city, including work in the municipal, county and corporate sectors. She is an Accredited Business Communicator through the International Association of Business Communicators. She will manage Bothell’s communications and tourism marketing programs.

  • Sound Transit Future Project List
    6/15/2015

    In November 2016, Sound Transit is planning on asking voters whether they want to fund more transit projects in the Puget Sound region. This initiative is known as "Sound Transit 3" (ST3), and Sound Transit has begun a public process to solicit public input on which projects should be part of the ST3 plan. This input process will end on July 8.

    In November 2016, Sound Transit is planning on asking voters whether they want to fund more transit projects in the Puget Sound region. This initiative is known as "Sound Transit 3" (ST3), and Sound Transit has begun a public process to solicit public input on which projects should be part of the ST3 plan. This input process will end on July 8. Currently, Sound Transit has no plans to construct any transportation improvements along SR 522. The City is concerned that without additional improvements to coincide with the new light rail transit station planned at NE 145th St and Interstate 5 in Shoreline, traffic will increase on SR 522, decreasing speed and reliability.
     
    On Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m., the City of Kenmore will host a community meeting to discuss Sound Transit's future transportation projects. The event will take place at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 - 68th Ave NE, and will include a presentation and discussion portion.
     
    If you are unable to attend this meeting, Sound Transit has a survey, as well as more information, available at www.soundtransit3.org

  • City of Bothell Welcomes New Parks and Recreation Director
    5/4/2015

    The City of Bothell is pleased to announce and welcome John Keates as the Parks and Recreation Director. This is a new position created to further advance Parks and Recreation services in the City. John has an extensive background in Parks. Coming from Mason County, where he currently serves as Parks, Facilities and Trails Director, he has also worked for Metro Parks in Tacoma, the City of Enumclaw, and the City of Chelan.

     

    John is a member of the Washington Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA), the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the Capital Bicycle Club, and the Shelton Rotary Club. He has served on the board of directors for WRPA, Enumclaw Rotary, Shelton Rotary, and the Washington State Trails Coalition, and has also served as Legislative Chairman for WRPA.

     

    John is passionate about conservation, open space, parks, recreation, and trails. “We’re eager to have him join us and lead Bothell’s ongoing efforts to keep building and improving upon our wonderful parks system,” says Assistant City Manager Peter Troedsson. John’s first day at work will be Monday, May 11.

  • 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.

     

    Application form

    Application form instructions

  • 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.

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