Update on Edmonds
Newsletter for Spring 2017
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Highway 99 Progress

One of the common complaints we hear at City Hall is, "all you ever think about is downtown Edmonds." I understand that view, although I do disagree with the statement. I thought it might be helpful, as an example, to highlight some of the work being done in and around our 2 mile stretch of Highway 99.

First of all, Highway 99 is a critical part of our community. We have flourishing businesses in the International District, important automobile dealerships and the ever growing medical district, all providing valued services to our community.

You are probably aware of a major traffic improvement completed last year at 228th and Highway 99. This major improvement provides an important east-west connector to Mountlake Terrace and Interstate 5, as well an important safety improvement along Highway 99.

Some of you may also be aware that, as part of the statewide Transportation Plan passed by the legislature a couple of years back, $10 million was set aside for Edmonds for improvements on Highway 99. The problem is, we are not programed to receive those funds until 2021! 

This past year we have been developing and finalizing a plan to bring major improvements to the area, which would include expanded retail, office and important affordable housing and open area "people places" in the corridor. In conjunction with that effort we have been working with our local state legislators to have some of the funds from the $10M pulled forward so that we can continue making improvements over the next couple of years. Stay tuned on that...

The longer term goal is to provide the infrastructure and amenities to create a neighborhood which will have it's own character and identity.
For more information and to view the Draft Highway 99 Subarea Plan please click here.

Mayor Dave Earling

Panel discussion imageA forum on local low-income housing needs will be held on:

Monday, April 24, 2017
6:30 pm
Edmonds Library Plaza Room
650 Main Street

It is sponsored by the Edmonds Housing Instability Coalition in cooperation with the City of Edmonds. 

The event is free and open to the public.  It will feature a panel discussion about needs and trends in housing for low-income households.  The moderator will be Mark Smith, executive director of Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County.

Panelists will include: Chris Collier, program manager at Alliance for Housing Affordability of Snohomish County; Mary Anne Dillion-Bryant, regional director at YWCA Snohomish County; and Elizabeth Kohl, director of social services at Housing Hope. 

Shane Hope, Development Services Director for the City of Edmonds, will also be present to provide information on low-income housing in Edmonds.  She has noted that low-income households include many people who have jobs or other resources but who struggle to have enough monthly income to afford today’s housing costs.

The Edmonds Housing Instability Coalition is a local, community-based volunteer group dedicated to bringing awareness of the need for low-income housing in Edmonds.

Travel to Japan Poster 2nd updateThere's still space available for the 2017 Student Exchange Delegation to Hekinan Japan... Looking for an enriching experience for your teen between the ages of 14 - 18? The City of Edmonds Sister City Commission will send a delegation of up to 15 students, ages 14 – 18, to their Sister City of Hekinan, Japan, during the summer of 2017 in mid-July for two weeks. Then, in early August, a student delegation from Hekinan will visit the Edmonds area for two weeks.

These student exchanges are part of the mission of the Edmonds Sister City Commission which is “to promote international communication and understanding through exchanges of people, ideas, and culture” and they have been taking place for over 23 years.

While in Hekinan, the students will stay with host families. Students and their families will be financially responsible for their roundtrip airfare, as well as a portion of the cost for chaperones. Edmonds area students who are interested in participating are encouraged to visit the Commission’s webpage for an application packet and more information.

The application deadline has been extended to May 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm. For an application packet click here or contact the Mayor's Office at 425.771.0247.

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