Everett council approves plans to build homeless housing

Nov 10, 2016, 9:00 AM | Updated: 11:10 am
homeless, homeless apartment, Everett...
A homeless tent along a street in Seattle. (AP)

Update: The Everett City Council unanimously approved plans to build homeless housing.

The 6-0 vote pushes the plan forward to build a 70-unit apartment building near the intersection of Bershire Drive and Evergreen Way.

According to the city, they picked the location because it’s a convenient spot close to public transit.

Neighbors fight against the project

Leading up to the vote, The Daily Herlad reported a group of Pinehurst-Beverly Park neighbors packed council meetings to voice their opposition to the plan. One woman told the council she put her house on the market because when she calls the police nobody comes.

KIRO 7 reports neighbors submitted 150 signatures opposing the project.

Residents say they’re already having issues with drug use and vagrancy and that the mostly single-family-home neighborhood is not the place for a 70-unit apartment building where homeless services don’t exist.

Related: University of Washington graduate’s selfless efforts benefiting the homeless

A snapshot of a week’s worth of crime in Pinehurst (Oct. 23-29) shows the bulk of reports involved theft. Other than the seven thefts, there was one robbery and one reckless burn on a road or sidewalk. The robbery occurred inside a grocery store. The map does not specify if any of those crimes relate to homeless.

With the project approved, Catholic Housing Services is authorized to begin the permitting process, including an environmental review.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson notes that Everett’s population tops 100,000. The total population was 103,019 at the 2010 census. By 2035, it is expected to grow by an additional 60,000 people.

“That growth will bring challenges, including increased traffic and a great need for housing at all price points,” the mayor wrote in his annual update. “As well as opportunities to strategically reinvest in our city.”

The city has been brainstorming ways to deal with the issue of homelessness for some time. Officers reported that daily tasks have included dealing with issues that fit more into the category of social services, which is at least one reason a social worker was hired. The department has also been developing a Community Outreach and Enforcement Team.

What are they building?

MyNorthwest Staff

Showbox supporters mounting opposition to demolition proposal

Seattle's Showbox concert venue is slated to be torn down to make way for a 44-story tower with apartments, retail, and parking. The venue has hosted a range of legendary music acts.
3 years ago
Follow @http://twitter.com/Mynorthwest...
MyNorthwest Staff

City documents reveal Ballard is getting a Target

You could argue Ballard's character has been quickly declining as massive apartment buildings and town homes replace single-family homes and locally-owned businesses.
3 years ago
Sound Transit, mass transit ridership, affordable housing, light rail...
MyNorthwest Staff

Hundreds of affordable housing units slated for Seattle light rail stations

Sound Transit announced three affordable housing projects around Seattle light rail stations at a time when affordable housing is rare in the city.
4 years ago
secondary cities, seattle sustainability...
MyNorthwest Staff

Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood is growing up

Seattle's Uptown is the next neighborhood targeted to allow taller buildings with the aim of creating more affordable housing.
4 years ago
Alaska Airlines, Sitka...
MyNorthwest Staff

Alaska Airlines could soon be flying out of Everett

Alaska Airlines could soon fly commercially out of Paine Field in Everett if everything comes together.
5 years ago
KIRO Radio Newsdesk

Undeveloped land worth millions up for sale in Seattle

Just what will happen now that an undeveloped 17.8-acre plot of land is for sale in Seattle's hot housing market?
5 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Everett council approves plans to build homeless housing