City Of Everett Pulls Wood Creek From Surplus Property List

June 3, 2020

Everett, Everett Government

Here’s the response to our inquiries from Everett City Communication Director Kimberley Cline.

To clarify, the property was never on the market. The property was included with other city-owned properties for consideration to surplus.

Mayor Franklin made the decision to remove the property from consideration, due to the level of interest and comments expressed by residents and members of the community related to the property’s environmental, wildlife, and topographical conditions and how future development may impact and be impacted by the property’s conditions.

We will be engaging the community to discuss the property’s opportunities and concerns to help determine what, if any action, the city might consider for the property at a later time.

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Tonight the Everett City Council is continuing a public hearing and following that, taking action on approval of selling several properties as surplus.

Among those to be considered surplus was 92.5 Acres of property beneath the Valley View neighborhood known as Wood Creek. That item has been pulled from the agenda.

We’ve got a note in to the City administration for more information on why it was pulled and if that is a temporary action or a permanent decision.

Sale of Wood Creek was strongly opposed by neighbors in the Valley View neighborhood. There was talk of more than 100 homes planned for the area which once served as the City of Everett’s water supply.

Neighbors have organized on social media and been vocal that the area is critical nature habitat and also extremely unstable. Concerns over landslides below Valley View were cited by several opposed to the sale.

Other properties on the list include utility property on Shore Drive and a smaller parcel on Kenwood Drive along with property on East Marine View Drive and the historic Culmback building on Colby in downtown Everett.

The City Council meeting starts tonight at 6:30 PM. You can learn more about the properties here.

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