City Of Everett, Washington To Pay $1.85 Million Dollars For Waits Motel

January 4, 2024

Everett Government

The involved parties have signed an agreement after mediation last month and now the City Council in Everett, Washington is being asked to sign off on the Settlement Agreement for Acquisition of the Waits Motel.

Waits Motel

The Waits Motel at 1301 Lombard in Everett, Washington

Here’s the summary statement from the Cover Sheet for the agenda item coming before Everett City Council next week.

The City Council adopted an ordinance on August 2, 2023, to exercise eminent domain to condemn the Waits Motel under the blight condemnation statute, RCW 35.80A.

By approval of the attached settlement agreement, the City will pay $1,850,000 to the owner of the Waits Motel and the owner’s bank for the Waits Motel property. Within a few days after Council approval, the Waits Motel property will transfer to the City by entry of a Decree of Appropriation by the Snohomish County Superior Court, which will also end the condemnation lawsuit.

The settlement agreement is already signed by the owner, the bank, and the Mayor. However, section 10 of the settlement agreement states that the settlement agreement is null and void unless the City Council approves it before January 31, 2024.

Click Below for the full agreement:

Waits Motel Settlement Agreement

The item is on the Action Agenda for next Wednesday’s City Council Meeting (January 10th, 6:30 PM)

Here’s a link to our initial story from July 9th when Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin declared the Motel a “blight” and asked the City Council to approve condemnation

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