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Snohomish County is going through big growth right now. Both Lynnwood and Everett have plans of getting high rises. Stay tuned here for more news around the area of Snohomish County.
Click a link below to see pictures of some Snohomish County Cities.


(This will be updated as time goes on.)



The goal of this thread will be to point out major growth of Snohomish county cities and towns.
 

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EVERETT TOWER.

Wave of luxury starts with condos on Colby
Everett attracting high-end development
5-9-07
EVERETT - A nine-story building with million-dollar condominiums, offices and street-level retail space soon will start rising on Colby Avenue, part of an impending wave of new development in downtown Everett.

Leasing has begun for Colby Tower, which is being built by Timothy and Donna Corpus. The project's already received its environmental approvals. After the building permit is issued, Timothy Corpus said he hopes to break ground by mid-September at the southwest corner of Colby Avenue and 26th Street.

Colby Tower will include two retail spaces on the ground floor, two-and-a-half floors of parking, three office levels and three floors containing a total of nine luxury condos. Those will boast floor plans of up to 2,000 square feet, high-end refrigerators, granite countertops and other luxury appliances and fixtures. That's not to mention the killer views of the Olympic Mountains and Port Gardner Bay to the west and the Cascades to the east.

"It will definitely be a beautiful building," Corpus said.

The condos will be priced from about $950,000 and up. That's expensive, but Corpus said similarly sized view units in downtown Seattle are selling for a few million dollars.

"He's certainly trying something that hasn't been tried before in downtown Everett," said Dan Gunderson of Windemere Real Estate, which is marketing the units. He added that, after three months of marketing, he has had "dozens of inquiries" and has a list of potential buyers.

The office space will be premium, Class A space, of which there is a shortage in downtown Everett. Corpus said brokers with Grubb & Ellis are talking with national restaurateurs and others interested in the ground-floor space.

The Corpuses are familiar faces in downtown Everett. Donna Corpus is owner of Studio Donna Salon Spa on Colby, and the couple have lived in Everett for years. Timothy Corpus said Everett is no longer being overlooked as an ideal place to live and do business.

"Everett's really positioned to have sustained growth over the coming years, with what's happening with Boeing and the city's unique position geographically," he said. "We've watched the transformation for years now."

They're obviously not alone. When Colby Tower could be finished in early 2009, the first waterfront condos at the Port of Everett's new development could be nearing completion as well.

Also in the next year, Skotdal Real Estate plans to build a seven-story complex with 200 condos and apartments on the Rucker Avenue site of the old Elks Club. Developer Joe Zlab said he's finalizing financing for Rockefeller Square, a 40-unit condo complex on Rockefeller Avenue that he hopes to begin by summer.

Altogether, up to 800 new downtown condos and apartment units are in various stages of planning, not counting the Port of Everett marina project.

Its nice seeing some of these projects start.
 

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Wow, those Everett renderings look terrific! Too bad Everett has some of the worst Puget Sound weather, especially near the Sound. But it might work!

Lynnwood to me has great potential. I know, the median income, the demographics, blah, blah, blah, don't pencil out for huge high-end development, but the access to I-5 is fantastic, and Alderwood Mall seems to be doing OK. Keep in mind, Edmonds and many other higher income Sound communities are nearby. Still say this could be a mini-Bellevue at some point.
May take awhile.
 

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Wait wait wait, do those renderings of the wharf community show pedestrian only streets. If so, that may be one of the coolest things in weeks/
 

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Thank you. I find it an honor to have this thread stickied. :)

Published: Monday, June 25, 2007

In step
Two Everett fraternal organizations are keeping pace with the city's changing landscape with new buildings.

By Eric Fetters
Herald Writer





EVERETT - The construction of nine water-view condominiums and the opening of a trendy piano bar in downtown Everett may be just more signs of the city's revitalization.

But the projects involve two of the city's longtime fraternal organizations, which are adapting to changing times and soaring property values by dabbling in commercial real estate.

In past generations, most fraternal clubs all had their own buildings in which to meet and socialize. Membership fees and fundraisers supported them, and the clubs were a vital part of their communities.

While still important, the clubs now compete with the busy schedules of two-income households and other societal shifts that have left them with smaller memberships. Many clubs are struggling to stay financially solvent.

"We had to think about how we could get back to being a profitable venture," said John Madden, outgoing president of the North Everett Lions Club. "And also how to be relevant."

In his organization's case, that means building a new restaurant at the club's Oakes Avenue headquarters and adding other rentable space.

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant space will be home to Chopstix, which also has locations in Seattle and Tacoma. The restaurant and bar will feature its dueling piano show four nights a week when it opens later this year.

"It will be a lot of fun," said CJ Ebert of Everett-based Harbor Mountain Development, which is working with the Lions on the project. He's visited the Chopstix in Tacoma.

The Lions building also will have a new large meeting space that the club will use and make available for rent. The revamped building includes another 7,400 square feet available for commercial leasing, Ebert added. Tenants are still being sought for that space.

Several blocks to the west of the Lions Club, the Elks Club is constructing a new headquarters with nine condominiums on top.

Linda Averill, exalted ruler of Elks Club No. 479, said work on the foundation at the site at Hoyt Avenue and California Street should begin in the next month, with the building scheduled for completion next summer.

When the club decided to sell its aging building on Rucker Avenue to Skotdal Real Estate last year, it could have decided to move away from downtown, as the American Legion, the Masons and other clubs have done in past years.

"We looked at other places, but the site we chose seemed to fit our needs best," Averill said. "Plus, we'd hate to give up that view of the water."

The offering price of the condos hasn't yet been set, Averill said. But the residences, which will be on the top three floors of the five-story building, will help offset the construction costs. The Elks Club space in the new structure also will be available for rental use like the club's existing building, which will be replaced by condos and apartments.

A host of other organizations - from the Masons 15 years ago to the VFW, which put its property up for sale recently - have found that selling their downtown facilities makes sense financially. But Madden and Averill said many of their members want to keep meeting downtown.

And while the city's downtown plan emphasizes more retail and residential development than space for nonprofit or charitable groups, it's important to keep that mix in the city, said Ted Wenta, executive director of the YMCA in Everett. His own organization plans to expand or build anew in the downtown area in the coming years.

He said it makes sense for the human services offered by nonprofit, charitable and fraternal groups to be downtown.

"There are a lot of needs here," he said. "And these groups are part of the fabric of the community."

That's been true of both the Elks Club, whose big building dominates Rucker in downtown, and the Lions Club, which ran a bingo hall for nearly three decades before dwindling returns forced its closure two years ago. It also has benefited from its close proximity to the Everett Events Center by running a paid parking lot.

But parking fees and traditional fundraising events such as pancake breakfasts can't sustain both charitable giving and the cost of maintaining a big downtown building, Madden said. That's why he and other members have high hopes for their new mixed-use headquarters.

"It's getting unique to own a large piece of real estate like this," he said. "It isn't the norm for most clubs."

Reporter Eric Fetters: 425-339-3453 or [email protected].


Everett's historic downtown. Under major changes for new high rise development.
 

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A little bit older news, but I don't think it was ever posted here to people to see.
http://www.enterprisenewspapers.com/index.cfm?action=story&storyid=200742616431792&c=1&s=1 (Image of plan on link.)
Lynnwood to unleash downtown
Plan will allow 36-stories in core

By Oscar Halpert
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This artist's rendering shows the concept of Lynnwood Commons, which would be open space in the middle of a new Lynnwood City Center.

LYNNWOOD -- A new downtown is on the way, with the potential for buildings up to 36 stories tall, brand new streets, a town square and three other city parks.

Before a shovel hits the ground, however, the city has some work to do as it lays the groundwork for City Center, its plan to create an identifiable downtown with a mix of shopping, residences and offices.

The City Council approved the City Center plan two years ago and signed off on new zoning for the area last summer. Planning for the new downtown, about 350 acres located east of 48th Avenue West and south of 194th Street Southwest, has been driven by anticipated growth.

City officials expect 5,400 new residents to arrive in Lynnwood and 13,800 new jobs by 2020.

Those new residents have to go somewhere, and state law and Snohomish County planning rules say the bulk of that growth should be confined to urban centers.

So far, the city's completed planning for those new parks and has carefully studied traffic models that take into account the anticipated growth.

And the City Council earlier this year approved funding for a set of capital improvements that will, among other things, move City Center forward. And the city's completing a market absorption analysis that describes the economic details.

"We're analyzing the traffic and determining exactly what improvements we'll need," said economic development director David Kleitsch. "From knowing those improvements and their estimated costs, we'll get a financial plan together, probably this summer or fall."

Once that financial plan is complete, the city will conduct environmental reviews and coordinate how and when development can occur, Kleitsch added.

Thursday, April 19, the city hosted an open house at the Lynnwood Convention Center, where staff explained a variety of projects, including City Center. It was the second public meeting detailing City Center since October 2006.

As envisioned, City Center will create a new series of streets, many with wide sidewalks, within a section of Lynnwood where city blocks will be smaller than they are today. A 3-acre central plaza, known as Town Center Park, will be the downtown's main gathering spot.

Landscape architect Guy Michaelson of Seattle's The Berger Partnership, a city consultant, called the central park "Lynnwood's living room."

The planned park features an egg-shaped commons, fountain and amphitheater surrounded by retail shops, seasonal gardens and tree groves. Parking would be underground. The park, said Parks and Recreation director Lynn Sordel, "opens the door for all kinds of possible activities."

Michaelson said retail is "often a dirty word" connected to parks, but it doesn't have to be.

"I think the plan that Lynnwood's doing is really visionary, because it's about public spaces," he said.

Other new parks in or near City Center include:

• Civic Park, just south of 194th Street Southwest at 44th Avenue West. It's billed as an "urban extension of the forested civic campus," according to city literature;

• The Village Green, further east, would provide open space and offer a playground for adjacent, high-density residences; and

• Icon, east of the Lynnwood Convention Center, would cater to the lunchtime crowd and might include a climbing wall and play area.

Jeff Elekes, the city's deputy public works director, said engineers and consultants have analyzed car and non-automobile transportation options and plugged that analysis into computerized traffic models.

The result, demonstrated via computer screen at the public meeting, shows how traffic would flow in 15-20 years.

"A lot of the traffic along 196th Street is regional traffic," said Victor Salemann, a traffic consultant. "That growth in traffic is substantial without a town center, so we'll probably have to focus a little more on transit in the future."

Next up: final cost analysis for right-of-way and construction of new streets and sidewalks.

"Once we have determined what the mode is going to be, what the cost is going to be, we can look into how that plays into the market feasibility," Elekes said.

Lynnwood's not the only city planning a new downtown.

The city of Mountlake Terrace is in the midst of planning Town Center, a redevelopment that will bring new residences, offices and retail shops to town.

And the King County cities of Sammamish and Mercer Island as well as Bothell, Kenmore and Shoreline have downtown plans in the works.
 

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Lynnwood hotel, condo deal near
The Enterprise (Lynnwood/Montlake Terrace)
07/31/06
Lynnwood hotel, condo deal near

Project would go across from convention center

By Jenny Lynn Zappala
Enterprise writer
LYNNWOOD -- A land deal to build a hotel and upscale condominiums near the Lynnwood Convention Center is poised to close on Sept. 10.

The developer, Inland Group of Spokane, is waiting for the new city center zoning regulations the City Council recently adopted to take effect by the end of July.

If that happens, Inland Group of Spokane is ready to buy the roughly 4-acre plot, located at 196th Street and 36th Avenue, for $6.4 million from the Edmonds School District.

The tentative plan is to build a six-story hotel and roughly 300 upscale condominiums at the site, said Chuck Daiger, director of acquisitions at the Inland Group.

"We are feeling positive," said Daiger. "We still have some things we are working through. We will be talking with the city now that we know we have the zoning."

The Edmonds School District will use the money for construction projects district wide approved by voters in February, district officials said.

The hotel could be the first private city center project to seek city approval under the new city center zoning, which allows bigger, taller buildings and residences like condominiums.

The city center area is roughly 340 acres located northwest of Interstate 5, south of 194th Street SW and east of 44th Avenue W. as well as properties immediately west of 44th Avenue W.

The land deal has been delayed since last December because the Lynnwood City Council decided the zoning needed more work. Inland Group and the district decided to wait until the city center zoning was in place, said Marla Miller, executive director of business and operations for the district.

"We are very encouraged because it looks as though the city is moving forward with the vision they have for the city center," Miller said. "Our project fits within that vision. We believe we can go ahead and we are looking forward to it."

With the city center zoning, a developer can build a project with commercial and residential uses on the 4-acre school district property on 196th Street. The buildings can be up to 350 feet tall and can cover the entire lot, but that rarely happens, said city planning manager Kevin Garrett.

Under the previous zoning, the site could not be used for residential development and the building could only cover 35 percent of the lot. For the 4-acre lot, that's about 528,000 square feet on the ground floor.

There is some concern that a third party will challenge the city center zoning, which would put the land deal back in limbo, Daiger said.

As of Monday, city officials said they have not received any appeals as of yet.

The Lynnwood Convention Center would benefit from a hotel being built within walking distance of the center, said general manager Eddie Tadlock.

"It is a beautiful thing," Tadlock said. "We have recognized the demand for room nights for upcoming conferences Having something in closer proximity to the convention center would be a plus for us."

Below is currently a list, NOT IN ORDER of the tallest buildings in Lynnwood.



 

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2007 will be a big year for Lynnwood makeover
By Diane Brooks
Times Snohomish County Bureau


(Alderwood Mall is an example of Lynnwood's progress in rebuilding for the future.)

Lynnwood's acres of strip malls and parking lots — the essence of its late-20th-century identity — probably are safe for another year.

But city leaders and development gurus are lighting sparks for a transformation of the sprawling commercial district, centered south of 196th Street Southwest. By year's end, the first two privately funded projects — a Hilton hotel on the Lynnwood Convention Center property and an adjacent mixed-use development — could be ready for groundbreaking.

Nearly two years ago, the Lynnwood City Council committed to a 20-year redevelopment course intended to transform the city into the region's next Bellevue, with 350-foot office towers, a radically expanded street grid, new parks and a winding pedestrian promenade to connect downtown with the Alderwood mall.

While some developers have expressed disappointment with the city's cautious timetable, combined with several procedural delays, this year is expected to be pivotal.

The city's 2006 budget included $575,000 in seed money to design streets and parks, study a proposed local tax district and analyze market trends. Those studies are expected to be finished by spring.

And by summer, the City Council is to take on a big-picture plan, creating a timetable and financing strategy for seven new streets, four parks and upgraded utilities, together estimated to cost $112 million to $125 million.

The council already has adopted a formal zoning map that allows towers up to 350 feet tall around a future Town Square south of 198th Street.

The "wedding cake" plan divides a 300-acre City Center into three sections, with the tallest towers in the middle and shorter buildings, up to 140 feet tall, allowed in areas west of 44th Street West and northeast of the convention center.

Two deals are in the works for major projects on 196th, west of Interstate 5.



A Spokane group, kVc Development, is negotiating with the Lynnwood Public Facilities District (PFD) to build a 200-room Hilton Garden Inn next to the convention center.

The hotel would replace Guaymas Mexican Restaurant and a former veterinary clinic, said Grant Dull, the PFD's executive director.

Mastro Properties, a Seattle development group, is buying a 5-acre site just west of the planned hotel. That property is best known for its former Cadillac dealership.

Mike Mastro said the sale was expected to close by Friday, and the site could be developed with commercial space, offices and apartments.

Another prime site, 4 acres across 196th from the convention center, also will be marketed this year for redevelopment. The Edmonds School District last year nearly sold it to the Inland Group of Spokane, which planned to develop it with a Hilton and apartments.

But that deal collapsed when kVc, which was part of the project, pulled out to pursue the PFD site.

Rather than sell the land, the school district now intends to seek long-term lease proposals from prospective developers, said Marla Miller, business and operations director. The School Board could select a project this summer, she said.

A park and related streets probably will be among the city's first investments.

The top contender is Town Square, to be bordered by three future streets — 199th Street Southwest and 42nd and 43rd avenues west. The other leading choice is Village Green, a large park to be bordered on the east by the future 45th Avenue West, at a future extension of 198th.

Alternative designs for all four new parks were displayed at an Oct. 24 public workshop, where residents picked their favorites. Now the city's consultant, Berger Partnership, is working on designs favored by the majority of workshop participants.

Town Square, for instance, is to incorporate a central circular design, with lawns, gardens and plazas radiating from a water feature such as a fountain. That site now is occupied by the Just Left Pub & Grill sports bar and a cluster of two-story office buildings.

Village Green would displace a large strip mall anchored by Sports Authority and CompUSA; 45th and a new stretch of 198th would cut into the mall's huge parking lot. The design chosen at the workshop includes a plaza, children's play areas and a spacious "great lawn."

The other two parks would be smaller.

Icon Park, just northeast of the convention center, might include a climbing wall, a "field billiards" court and an elevated cable zip line for adults. The grassy billiards court — invented for this park by Berger's landscape architects — would include "pockets" at the corners and two sides, for uses that would be up to people's imaginations.

Civic Park, where Discount Tire now sits at 44th and 194th, is designed with grassy areas and a skateboard bowl.

Lynn Sordel, the city's new parks director, also wants to create a trailhead for the Interurban Trail, which runs along City Center's eastern boundary.

His last job was in Orange County, Fla., where a rail line passing through several cities was converted into the 19-mile West Orange Trail. The resulting economic and redevelopment impacts were huge, he said.

He envisions vendors renting bikes and roller skates to trail users in a departure from Lynnwood's car-centered civic history.

"When I heard about this and saw all the parallels, I got excited," he said. "This is like, wow, what an opportunity for us to transform Lynnwood."

Diane Brooks: 425-745-7802 or [email protected]

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AWESOME THREAD!!!!!! :banana: I love that rendering of urban village. That is something that we need that type of development for south Downtown area.
 

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Great thread! The Port Gardner Wharf project is impressive and I see ads for it all the time. Always thought it looked good. Thanks.
 

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Convention center promotes new image and economic growth for aging suburb

Just north of Seattle, tucked along the west side of the Interstate 5 and I-405 junction, Lynnwood, Wash., is an indistinct mix of crossroad, suburb, and small city. Travelers northbound on I-5 often drive by the city of 35,000 without realizing they even passed it.

In the early 1900s, lumber companies clear-cut the area and then made Lynnwood one of the first planned communities in the state. Unfortunately, the hope of turning the town into an agrarian center never happened. Today, Lynnwood is primarily a retail center, with growing concentrations of financial companies, but it is determined to improve its image in an effort to stimulate greater economic growth and attract new technology-based companies.

The city's 20-year master plan, estimated at $120 million, notes the pressure of Seattle businesses to push northward and the attractiveness of its location in Snohomish County to aerospace, technology, biotech, insurance, and real estate companies. Considering this, the plan calls for a city center with multi-story buildings, parks, pedestrian pathways, and public squares. Divided into three sections, the city center's east and west areas will have a less-dense center, catering to condos and retail with building height limited to 14 stories. The tallest buildings, up to 35 stories, will provide companies with office space in the center of the development. Many details of the newly approved plan still need to be worked out. But a new convention center has played a key role in helping the city initiate its transition from aging suburb to revitalized small city.

Hidden identity

Found in the southwestern part of the county, Lynnwood's city center has followed the back-and-forth shift of the highways flowing around it�first Highway 99, then in the 1960s I-5, and eventually I-405. In 1968, the connection of I-405 to I-5 brought more people to the city. And to serve the population influx, developers built Alderwood Mall near the city's downtown and next to I-5. Since then, the identity of Lynnwood has been intertwined with the mall.

As Lynnwood struggled for an identity, the mall flourished. In 2005, the mall underwent a $150 million renovation that added new retail outlets. "The mall renovation put us back on the map," said David Kleitsh, Lynnwood's economic development director.

"Before the convention center project, I was unaware of Lynnwood," said Chris Bigos, one of the Lynnwood Convention Center designers and associate architect for Bellingham, Wash.-based Zervas Group. "If the city had an identity, it was the mall."

As far back as the late 1980s, the city wanted a downtown convention center or performing arts center in hopes of bringing more business and changing its identity. The city had a clear goal: "Because it would be visible from I-5, we wanted a smaller convention center that fit the community and not the usual tilt-up, concrete-style designed for maximum space," Kleitsh said.

The Zervas Group's design created the 55,000-square-foot conference center with 23,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space and free parking for 600 vehicles. The $13 million convention center sits on 13 acres at the edge of a 400-acre "city center" development and one day will be surrounded by medium- to high-rise buildings. The 13 acres provide space for the center's expansion, including a future hotel.

In total, the convention center project approached $34 million. Located just a block from I-5, the center opened in the spring of 2005. "The city came to us to design a convention center that would provide Lynnwood with a new image," said Bigos. "They wanted an anchor for the city's master plan."

Stormwater management

One of the unique features of the convention center is its surface water infiltration system, according to Grant Dull, executive director of the city's public facilities district. Erik Emerson, P.E., and project manager for Perteet, the engineering consulting firm on the project, noted that during exploration for possible contamination�where a gas station and lube shop once stood�geotechnical engineers found a huge sand layer. This allowed the use of a 60-by-100-foot infiltration system in a gravel gallery that can handle a 100-year storm event. "Who would have guessed that just about 20 feet under the street, there would be sand to allow us to return water to the aquifer?" Dull said.

Because there wasn't any space above ground to handle stormwater runoff, the infiltration system saved precious real estate; however, underground infiltration systems are hard to clean. To keep it clean and return cleaner water to the aquifer, the city is using an in-ground stormwater management system from CONTECH Stormwater Solutions.

The system uses two StormFilters. Designed for a 10-year storm, the system contains two, 8-by-16-foot precast concrete vaults holding 59 cartridges filled with perlite, a naturally occurring porous volcanic ash for filtering out oil and grease, sediment, and nutrients. Each canister can handle one gallon a minute per square foot of media, which is the filtration rate specified for treatment by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

According to Emerson, the infiltration gallery was created by digging a large hole in the middle of town and backfilling it with clean drain rock. But before filling the hole, the team wanted to verify how well the infiltration system worked. The Public Facilities District enlisted the local fire department to test the limits of the infiltration process. Using hoses spraying out water at 1,500 gallons a minute, the firefighters couldn't fill the hole. "This underground solution saved the project $300,000 and allowed more area for development," said Emerson. "We also expect the sand to extend under much of the 13-acre convention center site."

Convention center with intimacy

Since it opened in April of 2005, the convention center has succeeded better than expected. Because the center is not big enough to hold multiple, large events at once, Lynnwood's convention strategy is to attract smaller groups wanting a more intimate environment and individualized attention, as well as free parking. So far that approach seems to be working. "Our first projection was 12 events a month," said Eddie Tadlock, general manager for the Lynnwood Convention Center. "We recently held 50 in one month."
Kleitsh said he doesn't think the city should neglect its nearness to the well-known mall when trying to create its new identity; rather, it should use the mall's notoriety for the city's benefit. Convention center manager Tadlock agrees with connecting the two. "We even want to create walking paths joining the mall and the convention center," he said. "Today, you can walk there, but the route's not easy."

To continue the convention center's success, the city is still deep in planning. It's working on plans for connecting and improving streets and pedestrian walkways, including a bridge over a very busy I-5 off-ramp. Another plan focuses on parks, plazas, green space, and public gathering places in the downtown core; it also promises an interurban trail for cyclists and pedestrians. Yet another plan addresses transportation issues facing the community.

Not far from the new convention center, remnants of a demonstration chicken farm still stand next to the city's information center, a reminder of an older master plan and identity shift that didn't pan out. For now, instead of such radical change, Lynnwood is working with what it has: the mall and the convention center. It's trying to connect its new convention center and Alderwood Mall not only physically, but also in the minds of area residents.

Should Lynnwood successfully break away from its Seattle bedroom-community image, the convention center might prove the right key to unlock an escape valve for Seattle businesses to push north. If so, new companies will bring new jobs, attracting more professionals to the city. "At this point, the convention center is on track for being an economic catalyst for the area," said Tadlock.
Michael Macnoskey. P.E., is an area manager for CONTECH Stormwater Solutions in the Pacific Northwest. He may be contacted at [email protected].
Practical Tips

Know what your community is about. Being at the western I-5 and I-405 junction and having easy access from the north and south proved ideal for the Lynnwood Convention Center location and made it an economic engine for expanding and redeveloping the city's core.

Know your economic targets. Knowing that Seattle businesses are looking for less-expensive space for meetings and conventions, as well as office space, and then mapping that to its business targets will help Lynnwood expand its economy.
Understand reinvention. Today, Lynnwood is a Seattle bedroom community. More than 60 percent of its residents leave town everyday for jobs elsewhere. To transition, the city is using its convention center to expose more professionals to its community, while taking advantage of the recent $150 million renovation and popularity of the nearby Alderwood Mall.
Stay engaged. It took more than five years to start the city center renovation process, according to David Kleitsh, Lynnwood's economic development director. Connecting with property owners and the community throughout the process is necessary because renovation and reinvention take strong community collaboration and cooperation.
Sometimes you get lucky. Discovering sand below the city streets allowed Lynnwood to combine an infiltration system with an approved Washington State Department of Ecology solution for filtering and returning stormwater to the aquifer. The solution not only was environmentally sound; it also saved money.
 

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The new Marina north of the Port Gardner Wharf is complete...Looks great!
Here is a webcam of the new 12th St Marina:
http://www.portofeverett.com/home/index.asp?page=238

In other news: State officials awarded a $1 million contract to NBBJ Architects of Seattle to find three appropriate sites and then recommend the leading contender, as well as where to open the first classes in temporary quarters.

The firm, which also conducted an earlier $500,000 study that established the need for a four-year institute of higher education for the region, must report its conclusions to the state by Nov. 15.

Concurrently, a panel of 16 business and education leaders headed by UW President Emeritus Lee Huntsman is preparing a possible curriculum, also expected to be concluded with a Nov. 15 report. Huntsman said the panel’s work will be only the first step in the final determination of the education content. They will rough out the courses as a first step in deciding what to offer students.

“Our job is not to make decisions but to sketch as much as we can,” he said, adding that for now, the sketching includes an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Leading the group will be Huntsman and the UW’s Executive Vice Provost, Ana Mari Cauce. Other members of the panel include Norm Arkans, UW executive director of media relations and communications; Kenyon Chan, chancellor-elect of UW-Bothell; David Collingwood, UW professor of mathematics; Bill Erdly, professor of computing and software systems, UW-Bothell; Randy Hodgins, director of state relations; Philip Hoffman, director of institutional studies; Brad Holt, professor of chemical engineering; James Maravig, assistant vice president at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo; Gary Quarforth, interim vice provost for planning and budgeting; John Sahr, professor of electrical engineering; Michael Stiber, professor of computing and software systems, UW-Bothell; David Szatmary, vice provost for educational opportunity; Phyllis Wise, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Alan Wood, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, UW-Tacoma.
 

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Mukilteo ranks 69 among best small towns to live in

By Scott Pesznecker, Herald Writer

MUKILTEO - Mukilteo is among the country's top 100 places to live, according to Money magazine.

The city of roughly 20,000 people was ranked 69th on the recently released list, which includes just three other places in Washington. Sammamish was ranked 11th, Camas was 63rd and Silverdale was 99th.

"It's pretty cool," Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine said. "We all know that Mukilteo is great. We live here, and it's nice to be recognized nationally as one of the top 100 places to live in the U.S."

On CNNMoney.com, Mukilteo is described as "a beautiful waterfront community that hugs the Puget Sound, and affords majestic panoramic views of both Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains across the water."

Small towns were the focus of Money magazine's list. Cities were judged on the quality of their schools, sense of community, street safety and recreational and economic opportunities.

Andy Muntz, spokesman for the Mukilteo School District, pointed to last year's passage of a four-year, $100-million tax levy as evidence that people are proud to live in Mukilteo.

"When you've got a community that supports its schools, lots of good things happen," Muntz said.

Last year, Mukilteo was named one of the nation's top 25 affordable suburbs by BusinessWeek magazine. The median home price in Mukilteo is $401,510, according to Money magazine.

The Mukilteo City Council is in the midst of searching for a new, full-time city administrator. City Council President Jennifer Gregerson, a 1996 Kamiak High School graduate, hopes the city's top-100 ranking helps attract more candidates.

"It's awesome to be recognized as the quality community that we are," she said.

Reporter Scott Pesznecker: 425-339-3436 or [email protected].
Below are some images of Mukilteo I took from my AJM STUDIOS Northwest Photo Journey.





 

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The downtown area has a few nice places to eat, and the waterfront has a pier with some great views. Otherwise, its not much more than a quiet wealthy suburb. For young people seeking the urban experience, I think you might be a bit (and by a bit, I mean exceedingly) bored in Mukilteo.
 

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Although I do have to do a plug for the Stoned Reubens at the Diamond Knot. Sooooo goood! They bring it out to you sizzling on a hot rock. mmmm I know where Im going for lunch tomorrow.
 
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