Everett City Council Asked For Business Improvement Area Around Everett Station

November 20, 2019

Everett, Everett Government

Map of proposed BIA from Everett Station District Alliance.

At their Wednesday night meeting the Everett City Council will hear a presentation regarding the formation of a Business Improvement Area in the area around Everett station. The area would stretch roughly from Hewitt Avenue to the north to 41st street to the south, The west side of Broadway and east to the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks.

According to the Everett Station District Alliance, a group of property owners who are pushing for the idea the BIA being presented to the council is a special assessment district established to maintain and enhance a neighborhood, building a positive reputation that attracts new business, residents, customers and visitors. Designed as a self-help mechanism, property owners come together to fund safety, cleaning, economic development, and advocacy efforts for the mutual benefit of the neighborhood.

“This is primarily about public safety and keeping the area clean,” said Ed Peterson, President of the Board of the Everett Station District Alliance. “It will also allow us to have a say in determining the future of parking in this area and represent and advocate on behalf of district businesses, properties, and residents.”

Everett Transit and Everett Utilities both have property within the proposed BIA boundary and the City’s cost would be about $75,000 a year. The annual budget proposed for the BIA is half-a-million dollars. The majority of that coming from assessments on property owners within the boundaries of the BIA along with a small portion coming from grants as well as memberships and sponsorships.

A public hearing on the BIA is expected to happen on December 11th. You can click here to see the briefing papers being presented to the City Council this week.

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