Last Day To Comment As Developer And Neighborhood Trying To Work Together On Riverview Apartments

April 30, 2018

Everett, Everett Government

Earlier this month we told you about neighborhood concerns over a 201 unit apartment complex proposed at 1622 East Marine View Drive. Neighbors wanted more information and successfully lobbied for the comment period to be extended through today (April 30th).

Riverview

This is the last day to make on the record comments.

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David Ratliff with DevCo, Inc. listens to a question during a meeting with Delta neighbors last week.

Riverview

Traffic issues with the only entrance on East Marine View Drive were a major concern for the neighbors.

On Monday April 23rd there was a special meeting set up with the Delta Neighborhood and the developer for the proposed project. David Ratliff, the Development Manager for DevCo, Inc. along with the project’s landscape designer and architect met with about 25 residents at Hawthorne Elementary School.

The folks from DevCo explained their project going over the types of housing involved with units ranging from studios on up to five bedroom. The project includes a mix of market rate and supportive housing. In the supportive housing units Mary’s Place and Create Housing will work to bring in clients and provide them with a mix of services. Prices for other housing are currently proposed at one bedroom units at $1203.00 per month to five bedroom units at $2055.00 per month. Those figures are set off residents making no more than sixty percent of the area median income.

Concerns aired by neighbors included the scope of the project being out of scale with the rest of the neighborhood which is primarily made up of single family homes.

The project would have nine total buildings the tallest of which is proposed at five stories. The site is zoned for commercial and multi family development. There would be a fence surrounding the property with the only vehicle entrance and exit on East Marine View Drive. That was of great concern to the people at the meeting as traffic challenges are already an issue on East Marine View Drive during the morning and afternoon commute.

As currently proposed the project does not meet City of Everett requirements in several areas including parking, open space and building separations. You can click here to see notes from the city to the developer outlining where things sit at this stage and what is and is not currently in compliance. This is the early planning stage of the project which developers hope to begin in 2019 for occupancy in 2021.

David Ratliff, the Development Manager, offered some suggestions and lots of clarity on the project which the neighbors seemed to appreciate. He also referred them to other apartment projects in the area his company has developed and manages including the Axis apartments just south of Airport Road on Evergreen Way and the Gateway apartments off 132nd street SE. He admitted that as a developer he was biased that this type of development is good and this is a higher use of the property than as it currently exists.

Molly Deardorff of the Delta Neighborhood Association reminded attendees that they needed to file any concerns about the project with the city in order to have them on the record. “Social media posts, comments on NextDoor and even meetings like this are nice,” said Deardorff. “But you have to get it on the actual record to have any effect.”

Today is the last day to have comments on the record. You may email them to Teresa Weldon at the city. Her email address is tweldon@everettwa.gov. You can also call (425) 257-8731 or drop off your comment by 4 PM today at Everett Permit Services 3200 Cedar Street, 2nd floor.



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