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Everett Considering Micro-Apartments Downtown For College Students

April 9, 2014

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Trinity College micro apartments in Everett, WA

100 micro-apartments are proposed at Oakes and California with parking at the Trinity Lutheran College garage.

At tonight’s city council meeting, Everett got its first look at a student housing project that would build 99 micro-apartments for students at Trinity Lutheran College. Each apartment would be only 200 square feet, be furnished and have a small bathroom. They wouldn’t have a kitchen but would include a microwave, sink and small refrigerator. The apartments would be built on the southwest corner of Oakes and California across from the Everett Fire Department administration building. In what’s being called a “pilot project” Trinity Lutheran College would partner with a company called Footprint Investments. Footprint would build and own the micro-apartments and Trinity would use them as student housing.

Because of the size of the building lot, there is not enough room for off-street parking at the micro-apartment complex to meet the needs of the residents and also to support businesses such as Austin’s restaurant that use the proposed building site as its parking lot. The proposed solution would have students living in the apartments assigned individual parking spaces in the Trinity Lutheran College parking garage located a block west of the actual apartment building. There would be one assigned parking spot per micro-apartment. In order to move ahead the city council will have to enact an ordinance allowing the “pilot project” and also amend the current zoning laws. Tonight was an initial briefing and a public hearing is set for Wednesday April 23rd prior to a vote by the Everett City Council. Multiple council members expressed concern that the proposed plan didn’t have enough safeguards in case the project failed some number of years in the future. If that were to happen, downtown Everett would be left with an unusable building. Everett Planning Director Allan Giffen told the council they would have those concerns addressed prior to the public hearing and vote on April 23rd.


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Everett Radio Station Owners Buy Former Herald Newspaper Property

April 4, 2014

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Herald property in Everett, WA

There are two parcels. One on either side of West Marine View Drive. Photo provided by Skotdal Real Estate

Craig Skotdal, President of Skotdal Real Estate and co-owner of Everett radio station Classic Country 1520 KXA, announced yesterday that his family has purchased the former Herald newspaper property at California and West Marine View Drive near the Everett waterfront. The property has been listed for sale since early 2013 when Sound Publishing bought the Herald from the Washington Post Company. On Sunday, the Herald office and reporting staff finished moving out of the buildings on California Avenue and into a new location at the former Verizon building at 41st and Colby. The printing operation had previously moved to Paine Field. Skotdal did not reveal how much his family paid for the property. Here’s the full press release issued by Skotdal…

Skotdal Real Estate announced today it has acquired the real estate assets of The Daily Herald Company from Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). The property includes two city blocks on the west edge of downtown Everett where The Daily Herald Company previously operated. The transaction was made through the purchase of the company’s stock from Graham Holdings. The price of the transaction was not disclosed.

With the closing of the sale, the real estate parcels now return to local ownership after being sold to the Washington Post Company by the Best family along with their newspaper business in 1978. Graham Holdings Company is the successor in interest to the Washington Post Company. In early 2013, the newspaper assets of The Daily Herald Company were sold to Sound Publishing, Inc.

“The Washington Post Company and Graham family have a long history of responsible stewardship in the Everett community,” said Craig Skotdal, president of Skotdal Real Estate. “Throughout their 35 years as owners of The Daily Herald Company, they invested in quality and took a long-term approach that made a positive difference in our community. That’s the same model we intend to follow.”

Skotdal Real Estate’s latest purchase is another step forward in the company’s goal of accelerating Everett’s transformation as a vibrant urban center. “As a company and as a family, we’re committed to helping downtown Everett become a dynamic urban neighborhood where people can live, work, and play in one great place,” said Skotdal. “The purchase of the Daily Herald properties creates opportunities, now and in the future, that can help achieve that goal.”

The two city blocks included in the property sale are comprised of approximately 4.39 acres of land. The first parcel, located in the 2700 Block of Grand Avenue, includes 83,537 SF of building space with a mixture of office and industrial/warehouse uses. It features the former headquarters office building of The Daily Herald Company. The second parcel is located in the 2700 Block of W. Marine View Drive, immediately west of the other site. Both properties had been extensively marketed for sale.

Skotdal Real Estate’s immediate plans for the property include leasing the available office and industrial spaces to businesses interested in relocating to downtown Everett. As part of this effort, the company will undertake aesthetic improvements to the property to bring it up to the same standards as other buildings in its real estate portfolio. “Our primary focus is to bring people back to the core of the city, and recruiting new businesses to downtown is a big part of that effort,” said Skotdal.

In January, Skotdal Real Estate confirmed it was in the early stages of planning a new 102-unit apartment building to be constructed at the southeast corner of Hewitt and Rucker Avenues. A major goal of the project is to expand the number of urban dwellers living in Everett’s central business district.

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Everett Silvertips Teaming Up With United Way For Slide Relief

March 27, 2014

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Everett Silvertips

The Everett Silvertips have to win or go home this Friday night in downtown Everett.

United Way Slide fund

Over $200,000.00 has already been raised in donations to the United Way fund

Donations from ticket sales, smashing a T-Bird prior to the game and events inside the arena are all ways the Everett Silvertips will be raising money for the Oso Slide Relief Friday Night at Comcast Arena in Downtown Everett. Here’s the word from the ‘Tips…

The Everett Silvertips are preparing to host Game 4 of our first-round WHL playoff series against the rival Seattle Thunderbirds in the “Sea of Green” Friday night at 7:35 pm at Comcast Arena, presented by Mountain Pacific Bank.  In light of the tragic Oso mudslide last weekend, we’re also using the game as an opportunity for Silvertips fans to contribute to the relief efforts assisting our Snohomish County neighbors who have been affected.

The donations raised by the Silvertips at Friday’s game will go to support the recently-established Disaster Recovery Fund for Mudslide Relief through United Way of Snohomish County.

When you Click Here to purchase lower-level seats to Friday’s Game 4 vs. Seattle, $6 from every $22 ticket purchased will be donated to the mudslide relief fund.  Purchased normally online, the same ticket would cost at least $25.50 for a great view to watch the ‘Tips battle the T-Birds in hard-hitting WHL playoff action.

Before Friday’s game, you’ll have the chance to take your own shot at the T-Birds with our Seattle Thunderbirds car smash outside Comcast Arena off Hewitt Avenue.  Starting at 6:00 pm and running until just before the puck drops at 7:30, a donation to the mudslide relief fund gives you the opportunity to take a swing at a Thunderbirds-themed car!  Bring your cash and help set the tone for the Silvertips with a smashing good time prior to Game 4.

If you already have tickets to the game and simply want to make a donation to benefit mudslide relief, we’ll also be collecting donations at the Silvertips Guest Services Booth located behind Section 116 on the concourse.

The Silvertips will be looking to turn the tide in the series Friday night in Game 4, facing a 3-0 series deficit and needing a win to extend their season to a fifth game Saturday night in Kent.  After outshooting Seattle 66-38 in two losses to start the series, the ‘Tips and T-Birds traded blows in Tuesday’s dramatic 4-3 overtime defeat in Game 3.  Everett will now look to rally in the series with a do-or-die matchup Friday on home ice.

Everett vs. Seattle remaining series schedule:

Game 4    Seattle @ Everett        Friday, Mar. 28          7:35 pm
Game 5    Everett @ Seattle*       Saturday, Mar. 29      7:05 pm
Game 6    Seattle @ Everett    *    Monday, Mar. 31       7:05 pm
Game 7    Everett @ Seattle    *    Wednesday, Apr. 2   7:05 pm
*if necessary

Single game playoff tickets are on sale online Here, by phone at (866) 332-8499 or at the Comcast Arena box office.  Visit www.EverettSilvertips.com or call 425-252-5100 for more information.

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Forget Blue Friday…Everett Silvertips Looking For a Sunday Sea of Green

March 21, 2014

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Everett Silvertips

The Everett Silvertips have even died the fountain in front of Comcast Area green.

Tickets are still available for the first ever head to head playoff battle between the Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds. Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s playoff game in downtown Everett…

The Everett Silvertips will be facing the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first-round WHL playoff series for the first time in their shared history.

To get the excitement going for this matchup, the Silvertips want you to become their “Sea of Green”. We’ve dyed the fountain in front of the Arena green as well as lit the masts on top of the building green. You can join the effort by wearing green to the game and using the hashtag #SeaofGreen in all of your social media posts.

Be sure to arrive early for a special pre-game Block Party with your fellow Silvertips fans from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, with the game starting at 4:05 pm. There will be a barbeque with food, beer, happy hour pricing and music outside the southeast doors (off Wall Street) and in the Ice Box inside the arena.

The Arena Grill will also be open at 2:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 425.322.2726.

Great seats are still available and can be purchased by clicking here, calling 866.332.8499 or coming in to the Comcast Arena Box Office.

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Everett vs. Seattle Hockey Playoff Schedule Released

March 16, 2014

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Silvertips playoffs tickets

Everett vs. Seattle playoff tickets go on sale Monday at Comcast Arena in downtown Everett

For the first time in 11 years the Everett Silvertips will directly face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL Playoffs. Tickets go on sale Monday. Seattle will enjoy home ice advantage. Here’s what you need to know courtesy of the Everett Silvertips…

After finishing the 2013-14 WHL regular season with the #5 seed in the Western Conference, the Everett Silvertips will clash with the fourth-place Seattle Thunderbirds in a best-of-seven first round WHL playoff series.  After meeting 112 times over the last 11 regular seasons, the two Puget Sound rivals will write a new chapter in their shared history with their first-ever playoff matchup.  The ‘Tips and T-Birds split the regular season series with each team winning five games against the other for the fourth consecutive season.

By virtue of finishing fourth in the Western Conference, the Thunderbirds hold home ice advantage in the series over the fifth-seeded Silvertips.  The proximity between the two clubs allows for a non-traditional series format that finds the teams alternating home games, with Seattle hosting the odd-numbered games and Everett at home for the even-numbered games:

Game 1    Everett @ Seattle        Saturday, Mar. 22    7:05 pm
Game 2    Seattle @ Everett        Sunday, Mar. 23      4:05 pm
Game 3    Everett @ Seattle        Tuesday, Mar. 25     7:05 pm
Game 4    Seattle @ Everett        Friday, Mar. 28        7:35 pm
Game 5    Everett @ Seattle        Saturday, Mar. 29    7:05 pm
Game 6    Seattle @ Everett        Monday, Mar. 31      7:05 pm
Game 7    Everett @ Seattle        Wednesday, Apr. 2   7:05 pm

Silvertips playoff ticket packages are available now, while single-game playoff tickets go on sale Monday morning at 10:00 am at the Silvertips office, online by CLICKING HERE and by phone at (866) 332-8499.  The team office is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  Single game tickets will also be available from the Comcast Arena box office when it opens Monday at noon.

Visit the Everett Silvertips website or call 425-252-5100 for more information.

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Tilted Thunder Bringing Banked Track Roller Derby Back to Everett

February 23, 2014

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Banked track Roller Derby in Everett WA

Click on the image above to purchase tickets.

A non-profit women’s roller derby league? Yep and they’re back in Everett for their 2014 season starting Saturday night. The league is called the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds. There are four home teams who make up the league including the Sugar Skulls, Rolling Blackouts, Saint Hellions, and Royal Crush. Tilted Thunder also has a Junior Derby league called Peeps with girls from age 6 – 17. Here’s a bit more about the league from their website

Tilted Thunder Rail Birds is a Seattle-based, all-female, banked track roller derby league. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization run by a volunteer force of skaters and league members committed to promoting and raising awareness of women’s roller derby, especially banked track roller derby. TTRB is comprised of strong, friendly, intelligent, enthusiastic women from all walks of life pursuing emotional growth and physical strength by challenging their perceived limits. As a league, we also wish to promote mental and physical empowerment, development of skills, loyalty on and off the track, individuality, and friendship – throughout the entire sport, both locally and nationally.

Saturday night the doors of Comcast Arena at Everett will open at 4pm and the Peeps will do a demonstration match prior to main matches beginning at 5:00PM with events running until about 9:00pm. Each home bout also features a fund-raiser for non-profits and this weekend the Rail Birds have partnered with Cocoon House to become the featured charity for the March 1st bout. Established in 1991, Cocoon House has been Snohomish County’s only resource exclusively serving homeless and at-risk youth ages 13-17. The non-profit’s mission is to foster personal growth and healthy relationships to strengthen and empower at-risk and homeless youth and their families. Cocoon House provides youth housing and other critical community-based services to youth, caregivers, families and the community. More information on Cocoon House

Collections for items at the event include: gift cards to McDonald’s, Subway, Fred Meyer, Target etc. ($10-$20), boys swim shorts (M, L, XXL, XXXL), girls swim suits (S, M, L, XL), art supplies (drawing, painting, etc. ), new boys socks and boxers, new girls’ underwear, ankle socks for girls and big bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

The event is family friendly and a lot of fun. A great way to spend a Saturday evening in Everett.

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