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K-Mart Store in Everett, WA Closing

July 13, 2014

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Everett K-Mart

The Everett K-Mart is going the way of White Front, House of Values and Ernst.

After holding on at the corner of 79th and Evergreen Way for more than 40 years, the K-Mart store in Everett will be closing. An inventory reduction sale has started and the Everett store no longer accept coupons or deals in the weekly circular. A supervisor told me they received word four days ago that the store would be closing sometime in September but the final date depends on when they get rid of the remaining inventory. Clerks were referring customers to stores in Marysville and Burlington for future purchases and coupon redemptions. No word on if the opening of the new Wal-Mart on Everett Mall Way had any impact on the corporate decision to close the Everett K-Mart store. The Wal-Mart will be opening at about the same time K-Mart closes. It will however, be another hit to the retail sales tax base for the City of Everett.


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Plenty of Marijuana in Everett, Just None For Sale Legally

July 8, 2014

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Everett retail Marijuana

Here are the 1st 25 retail marijuana locations. None is in Everett

The Washington State Liquor Control Board issued the first 25 retail licenses for recreational marijuana retailers yesterday and no location in Everett made the list. The City of Everett clerks office has yet to issue a business license for a retail store in Everett and no word yet on when that may happen. For now the nearest locations are on Whidbey Island, Camano Island or in Arlington. Here is an article we featured in May with the list of potential locations for retail marijuana stores in Everett. So far, none have been approved or are in operation. Everett is approved for 5 retail locations within its city limits.


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20th Habitat For Humanity Home Dedicated in Everett

July 2, 2014

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Habitat for Humanity in Everett

The 20th Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County Partner Family, Shindano and Deta, receive the keys to their new home.

Everett got another new homeowner this weekend when Habitat of Humanity turned over the keys to a newly rehabilitated home in north Everett. Here are the details from Marnee Chua at Habitat for Humanity…

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County celebrated its 20th home dedication on Saturday in Everett. The home was donated by Chase Bank and has been rehabilitated to welcome our partner family, Shindano, Deta and their children.

Habitat homes are generally sponsored by local faith-based groups, businesses, foundations and civic organizations. Sponsor support covers the upfront construction costs required to build the home. Costs are kept low through the use of volunteer labor and some donated materials. Major sponsors for this Everett home included Chase Bank, Curley Electric, Dow, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Intermec, the Rotary Club of Everett, Taper’s Union School – One Union, and Whirlpool.

“Chase is firmly committed to helping families pursue affordable homeownership through our home donation program,” said Ronald Branch, Vice President of Community Reinvestment & Community Partnerships for Chase. “We are pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, which shares our commitment to revitalize neighborhoods and help low-to-moderate income families achieve affordable and sustainable homeownership.”

Rehabilitation of the Chase home began in January. Over the past six months, more than 50 group and individual volunteers, led by a core of dedicated volunteer leaders, have been involved in the effort.

“We have a great team of volunteer supervisors. They are passionate about our mission and believe that the homeownership opportunities provided through Habitat should be extended to folks throughout our service area,”said Guinn Rogers, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County. “We are so thankful for that commitment.”

The Habitat Partner Family, Shindano and Deta, are looking forward to becoming a permanent part of their new neighborhood. Shindano is already so thankful that he was able to bring his family to the USA through the assistance of the World Relief Organization. Before that, they were forced to live in a refugee camp in Tanzania after fleeing war in the Congo. Partner Families contribute over 500 hours of sweat equity and take on a no-interest home mortgage through Habitat. Thanks to Chase Bank, we are thrilled to welcome them into their safe, decent and affordable home, right here in Everett.

 

About Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County works to eliminate substandard housing and break the cycle of poverty through a unique and well-tested process of partnering with families in need to build, acquire, and refurbish homes. Through mentorship, training and volunteer ‘sweat equity’, our partner families are empowered to purchase these homes through the provision of no interest mortgages.

Through donations of money, materials and volunteer labor, Habitat for Humanity for Snohomish County was able to refurbish the home and provide it to this family at an affordable price. The Khrapko’s purchased the home with their contribution of 500-hours of sweat equity and a no-profit loan. Their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat for Humanity houses.

To support more home builds in Snohomish County, please call 425-258-6289 or send an email to mchua@habitatsnohomish.org. Please visit our Website for more information about applying for a Habitat home, volunteering, or how to make a donation.


 

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Half of Everett’s New Taxes and Fees to Kick in July 8th, Others Start January 1st

June 27, 2014

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Everett's new fees and taxes

It’s soon going to cost you more to live and do business in Everett, WA.

Meghan Pembroke, communications director for the City of Everett sent out a helpful press release today explaining the various taxes and fees requested by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to help reduce Everett’s budget gap. Some of them will take effect on July 8th while the others begin the 1st of the year…

Mayor Ray Stephanson signed seven ordinances into law on Monday, June 23, after they were passed by the City Council last week. The ordinances were developed to bring Everett’s rate and fee structures into line with other jurisdictions and to better reflect the cost of providing city services.

Three of the ordinances, related to planning fees, vehicle-impound fees and business licenses, take effect Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

  • By amendment of an existing ordinance, vehicle owners now must pay any unpaid parking infractions in full before their vehicles can be released from impound. Illegally parked vehicles can be impounded after four or more parking infractions.

 

  • A new ordinance establishes a revised fee structure for land-use applications, permits, review processes and other services provided by the city’s planning department. The full list of fees is included within the ordinance. Beginning in 2016, the fees will be adjusted annually in accordance with the most recent change in the Consumer Price Index.

 

  • By amendment of an existing ordinance, business owners will be required to obtain a business license for a fee of $75, plus $20 for each additional business location within the city. The ordinance also establishes an annual renewal fee of $75 for businesses with a gross income of $20,000 or more in the preceding year. Businesses making less than $20,000 will pay an annual renewal of $25. Currently, the city charges a one-time business license fee of $10, an amount that has not increased in more than 30 years.

 

Three ordinances related to utility taxes, and impact and mitigation fees will become effective on Jan. 1, 2015:

 

  • Under Everett’s new utility tax ordinance, rates will increase from 4.5 to 6 percent for natural gas, electricity and phone service beginning in January 2015. The tax rate for garbage and cable will be 2 percent in 2015, increasing to 4 percent in 2016 and 6 percent in 2017. The city’s utility tax rate has not been revised for more than 15 years.

 

  • The city’s traffic-mitigation and small-project impact fees will increase from $900 to $2,400 per peak trip. The traffic-mitigation fee applies to most construction projects within the city limits. The small-project impact fee applies to smaller projects that are not subject to State Environmental Policy Act review. The proceeds from these fees fund city projects to help mitigate transportation impacts from construction. The fees will be reviewed annually using the Washington State Department of Transportation’s construction-cost index and adjusted accordingly to account for inflation.

 

Finally, a new ordinance establishes a transportation benefit district, effective Tuesday, July 8. Once the district is enacted, the City Council, as its governing board, can establish a funding ordinance for the district, which could include a $20 car-tab fee for vehicles registered in Everett. The car-tab fee would likely not take effect until early 2015. Funds from the car-tab fee would be used for street preservation and maintenance projects.

 

Budget work continues

The next phase of the city’s ongoing deficit-reduction work includes comprehensive studies of several large departments, including the fire and police departments and Everett Transit. The city has issued a request for qualifications for a fire department assessment and expects to award the contract to an independent consultant this fall.


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Port of Everett Provides Preview of Planned Waterfront Place

June 25, 2014

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Waterfront Place

Click on the drawing to view the Port of Everett Waterfront Place website.

The Port of Everett today showed the Everett City Council its plans for a revamped Everett waterfront. This plan replaces the failed Port Gardner Wharf project that sought to develop the area between 13th street and 14th street into high-end housing, restaurants and retail. That idea died when the developer, Everett Maritime, a division of Maritime Trust of Chicago went bankrupt. Rising from the ashes of that plan is Waterfront Place. Managed by the Port of Everett, (which says it will retain site control and not sell the development rights), the plan this time around calls for $33 million in public infrastructure investments and another $340 million in private investment. Chief of Business Development for the Port of Everett, Terrie Battuello, briefed city council members on the highlights of the plan such as…
15 new public gathering spaces including

  • 4 mile continuous walking/biking trail
  • 2 large-scale parks
  • 2 children’s playgrounds
  • 7 vistas; with 4 elevated viewpoints
  • 1 outdoor performing arts venue
  • 1 iconic clock tower
  • Multiple water features

At least 5 additional eateries along Fisherman’s Harbor, and a fine dining restaurant at the water’s edge.

Two new waterfront hotels

447,500 square feet of office and commercial space

63,000 square feet of retail space

20,000 square feet of new marine retail space

At least 350 residential units for sale or rent including a mix of apartments, condos, townhomes

Improved facilities for commercial fishermen

3200 stalls of surface and structured parking.

Later this year the Port plans to come back to the City of Everett to ask for approval of the plan that would include some variances to current building standards for the area. In the meantime cleanup continues with about 60% of the needed environmental work completed. If all goes according to plan, construction could start in two or three years with completion sometime between 2020 and 2024. Here’s a link to a great Quick Fact Sheet about the project.


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USS Nimitz To Move From Everett to Bremerton Next Year

June 24, 2014

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1:45pm Update: MyEverett News.com just spoke with Pat McClain who is the governmental affairs director for the City of Everett. He says the move was expected though the length of time the Nimitz will be in Bremerton is a little longer than normal. “I have no reason to think it won’t be coming back to Everett from Bremerton,” said McClain. “I fully expect the ship to be homeported here until at least 2022.”

Nimitz

The Nimitz is heading back to Bremerton for 16 months.

In what is hopefully just a temporary situation, the Navy announced this afternoon that the USS Nimitz will leave its home port at Naval Station Everett and move to Bremerton in 2015. Here’s what we know so far from Kristin Ching at Naval Station Everett.

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) will move to Bremerton, Washington, in 2015 for 16 months to conduct a scheduled large-scale maintenance period.

Nimitz, currently homeported in Everett, Washington, will relocate to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton for planned incremental maintenance.

The Navy is working to ensure that the relocation of the aircraft carrier doesn’t interfere with the provision of positive, career enhancing opportunities for the ship’s assigned Sailors and their families.

Navy Personnel Command will release guidance to the aircraft carrier that will specifically address how the transition will influence permanent change of station moves, housing allowances, detailing, exceptional family members, and other personnel-related concerns.

The Navy is making every effort to avoid unnecessary permanent change of station moves for Sailors and their families due to the relocation of the aircraft carrier. The Navy’s goal is to minimize the impact the ship’s relocations will have on personnel.

Nimitz, serving as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group 11, returned to Everett in December 2013 after completing a nine-month Western Pacific deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th areas of responsibility.

For more news from USS Nimitz (CVN 68), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn68/.


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Metal Supermarkets Owners Leave NW Ohio to Open in Everett, WA

June 23, 2014

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Metal Supermarkets Everett

Allison and Oscar invite you to check out their Metal Supermarkets store in south Everett.

MyEverettNews.com had a chance to catch up with partners Allison Stairhime and Mark Farragher who recently opened a Metal Supermarkets franchise in a business park off 7th Ave. SE and 100th SE just west of the Everett Mall. Only out here two months from Ohio they say Everett is ready for what they have to offer. “This is a great area,” said Stairhime. “From the do-it-yourselfer to machine shops, tool and die makers and contractors we’ve found a ready market for people who need small cut to spec. metals.” She said if they don’t have the type of metal a customer is looking for they can special order it and have it on hand within 24 hours. Metal Supermarkets has two other stores in Washington State. One in Kent and the other in Lakewood. There have been lots of wood shops that will cut and custom order in the Everett area but not many metal shops set up for small orders so Stairhime and Farragher think they’re in the right place at the right time. The shop is open Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 5:00pm and 8:00am – 12Noon on Saturday. You can learn more about the Everett location of Metal Supermarkets on their website.


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