Everett Housing Authority Wanting to Develop Park District Development

February 6, 2024

Everett, Everett Government

The Everett Housing Authority (EHA) is applying for a comprehensive plan amendment and planned development overlay to develop the Park District, a 16-acre development with about 1,500 dwelling units, 70,000 gross square feet of nonresidential uses, 1.5 acres of publicly accessible park area, and a community garden near public transit.

The Everett Housing Authority is also applying for a Development Agreement and Street Vacation as part of the project, which will be processed by the City Council.

Project Location: A 16-acre site centered on 1300 Hemlock Street, Everett, WA 98201. By the looks of the drawing, between 12th St and 14th St from Poplar St to Fir Street (which includes Larch St and Hemlock St).

You can attend the Planning Commission Public Hearing on Feb. 20, 2024, at 6:30 PM at the William E. Moore Historic City Hall, located at 3002 Wetmore Avenue Everett, WA.

The Delta Neighborhood Association is opposed to the City Council granting EHA’s Park District Development Overlay due to a lack of support and community services in the plan. They respectfully ask that EHA develop the site with a design in keeping with current zoning and character of the neighborhood.

Some of the specific reasons they are opposed:

  • Delta would have four 15-story buildings under this plan, taller than anything in Metro Everett. Indeed, what is being proposed is of higher density than Metro Everett.
  • The city will not commit to placing a library branch in this area, even when presented with a generous offer of 5,000 square feet at no rental cost.
  • Without community services like a library, youth center, gym or community center, there are no plans to build a community here. We cannot have high-density housing without community.
  • There is no commitment from EHA or the City of Everett to preserve Wiggums Hollow Park.
  • Vehicle traffic in Delta & North Everett will increase substantially. The Park District will generate 7,550 more vehicle trips per day with around 700 of those trips happening during morning & evening peak hours. Broadway and E Marine View Drive (EMVD) are already frequently backed up.

Want to share your feedback & can’t attend the public hearing?

Submit comments via email to: ystevens@everettwa.gov

Mail to: Yorik Stevens-Wajda, AICP, Planning Director
City of Everett Planning Dept.
2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 8A
Everett, WA 98201

After the February 20 Planning Commission public hearing, the commission will make a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council will also hold one or more public hearings on the proposal, anticipated March 2024, before making a decision. Comments on the proposals will be accepted until City Council makes a decision.

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