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Mayor Franklin and Weebly at Judd & Black

Mayor's corner

Spring is officially here, which means we have a lot to look forward to with all of our incredible amenities here in Everett! I am especially excited for baseball season this year at the newly named Funko Field. Sorticulture and summer concerts are also just around the corner, along with plenty more daylight hours to explore our beautiful city.

As Everett’s students count down the days to summer, they continue to thrive thanks to all of the dedicated teachers and staff. Everett Public Schools was featured in The Seattle Times last month, highlighting the amazing work they are doing and their commitment to student outcomes. Learning doesn’t stop on the last day of school, either! I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of our first group of summer interns through Everett Career Link, our partnership with Everett Public Schools. It will be a great way for our local businesses and students to make lasting impacts on one another.

Wishing all a happy and healthy spring,

Mayor Franklin

Riverfront redevelopment plans move forward

Everett’s Planning Commission took action on the proposed changes to the Riverfront Redevelopment Master Plan for the Landfill site on March 26.  The proposed amendment calls for a mixed use plan with 1,250 apartment units, 230,000 square feet of retail (including a theater and specialty grocer), 125,000 square feet of offices, a 250-room hotel and a large, public open space area. The Planning Commission action is a recommendation to the City Council. City Council is holding a briefing and expected to take action at their May 1 meeting. Get updates and learn more about the Riverfront Development.

Riverfront development rendering
Everett Transit survey outreach

Low-income transit fares

Everett City Council is considering introducing a low-income fare for Everett Transit. To inform their final decision on April 17, Everett Transit is asking for public feedback on what fare structure would be more desirable for our community and current riders:

  • Option 1: Introduce a $1.50 low-income fare in the current structure
  • Option 2: Consolidate all discounted fare categories at $1
  • Option 3: Do not introduce a low-income fare category

Learn more, view the public meeting schedule and share your feedback. The survey is available online now through April 14.

Share your ideas for an improved community

The City of Everett’s Community Development team is hosting two public engagement meetings on April 4 and April 11 to prepare for the City’s 2020–2024 Consolidated Plan. Everett residents are invited to learn about the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and share ideas about community needs and improvements. Come learn, discuss and share your ideas! Learn more at everettwa.gov/CDBGinput

Aerial of north Everett homes
Grand Ave Construction

Work continues on the waterfront 

Summer is on its way and so are exciting new amenities at Everett’s waterfront! Hotel Indigo at Waterfront Place Central is set to open in June and plans for further redevelopment are also in the works by the Port of Everett.

If you are anxious to spend some of your summer free time at the water, getting there is even easier! Everett Transit’s 2019 route 6 now runs all day, seven days a week, and takes you along W. Marine View Dr. so you can easily access all that the waterfront has to offer. You'll also be able to walk the Grand Ave. Park Bridge to the waterfront soon. The contractor began assembling the steel tresses and plans to raise the bridge this summer (set to open in early 2020).

Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13

National Library Week honors libraries and library staff members for all the amazing work they do in our community, and promotes library use and support.  April 10 is Library Giving Day! Show your support for Everett Public Library by making a gift anytime, now through April 10, by visiting epls.org/give.

There’s always much to celebrate at the Everett Public Library! This spring, stop by the Main Library to try out an Oculus virtual reality headset. Explore a variety of environments to escape the day-to-day and experience the world like never before. Witness history, travel the world and even travel through the blood stream! View the schedule and learn more about the Virtual Reality in Libraries program at epls.org/VR.

Virtual reality at library

Community events

  • Elementary students join Everett Parks & Community Services staff in annual events to preserve and beautify the City’s parks and open spaces. To celebrate Rings & Roots, students will assist parks staff with plantings during the Arbor Day ceremony at Walter E Hall Park and View Ridge Elementary will carry on a decades-long tradition of celebrating Earth Day with environmental stewardship at Johnston-Kelly Park.
  • The public is invited to attend the 2018 Everett Police Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center. The department will recognizes everyone from officers to civilian employees, and volunteers to citizens, who answered the call of duty in the community throughout the past year.
  • Mayor Cassie Franklin will recognize the recipients of the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence at the Everett Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 15. In recognition of Everett’s ever-growing arts scene, the Cultural Arts Commission created the Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor art educators, artists in the community, arts organizations, and emerging artists, all who have made an impact on the Everett arts community. 
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