Everett Official Weighs In On Potala Developer

Potala Everett

People are moving into the 6-story mixed use development.

As part of an in-depth piece on Lobsang Dargey, the developer of Potala Place, Lanie McMullan Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Everett tells MyEverettNews.com news partner The Seattle Times…

“The kiss of death is, try to run before you can walk,” said Lanie McMullin, director of economic development for the city of Everett, which helped Dargey launch his career in EB-5. “Because of the nature of EB-5, where lots of money comes in fast for projects, it’d be really hard to monitor your growth rate in a wise and thoughtful way.

“Here was a good, young starting developer who just had too much too fast.”

Earlier this month MyEverettNews.com gave you a sneek peek inside Potala Place which takes up a full block on Grand between Wall and Hewitt and is almost complete with 72 of its 220 units already leased.

Seattle Times business reporter Sanjay Bhatt has a great in-depth piece today explaining the growth of Dargey’s Path America, statements made by local and State elected officials that were less than factual and where the case against Dargey stands today. Click here for the full article.




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2 Responses to “Everett Official Weighs In On Potala Developer”

  1. Mike Boykoff Says:

    Interesting comments by Lanie McMullin since she was earlier part of the too-good-to-be-true hype. Recall her comments that seemed to indicate that she would walk down the streets in Everett and folks would run to their windows yelling out “Lobsang” “Lobsang” “Lobsang.” It was as if to give the impression that he was being seen as The Messiah! When I saw that, I had to scratch my head… REALLY? In Everett? Now it seems that her false hype to the Everett community was nearly as misleading as Lobsang Dargey’s false hype to the Chinese.

  2. Shelley Says:

    Glad you got this story out! The other news source for Snohomish County did not do as well.