everett convergence study
Everett Station is the city of Everett’s most transit rich neighborhood, but it is also one of its most underutilized. Within a quarter mile of the station, an overabundance of publicly owned vacant property has restricted the potential for this neighborhood grow. At the same time, regulatory enticements for the redevelopment of the few remaining privately owned parcels in the neighborhood have created enormous pressures on the existing small business community.
Recognizing the conundrum, we were asked to help Housing Hope and The Everett Station District Alliance to conduct a detailed study of how to build core components of a sustainable, equitable, and thriving neighborhood on publicly owned properties while growing gracefully in a way that supports existing light industrial businesses in the Everett Station District.
The neighborhood of Everett Station is a convergence zone of roads and transit, industry and commerce, community, and history. With the City of Everett planning for 89,000 more workers and 87,000 more residents to call Everett home by 2050, and a continuing housing supply and affordability crisis, strategic efforts to capitalize future invest ments such as light rail are essential to Everett's future economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and social equity. The City has already established the neighborhood's zoning through the 2018 Metro Everett Plan, and Sound Transit is beginning its planning work for the future Everett Link Extension, currently planned to be completed by 2036.
Building from this base, Housing Hope received funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce and J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation to study a potential opportunity for publicly-owned properties in the neighborhood to be proactively developed to meet the City's and region's needs. Of special interest to Housing Hope was developing an early childhood learning facility, administrative office, mixed income housing, community gathering spaces, and workforce development center.
The full Convergence study was published in May 2021 and is available here.