SEATTLE — The City of Bothell has won a 2011 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for its Downtown Revitalization. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.
“Bothell has accomplished so much with this project,” said Mukilteo Councilmember Jennifer Gregerson, chair of the VISION 2040 Awards Selection Committee. “The realignment of two segments of SR 522 will streamline traffic through downtown and establish three new gateway parcels for redevelopment. Bothell has been working steadily to assemble land for projects in these gateways and, as a result, established a public private partnership with McMenamins to redevelop the Anderson School into a 70-room destination hotel.”
“Bothell is using infrastructure improvements to leverage private sector investments,” said Josh Brown, Kitsap County commissioner and PSRC president. “Bothell’s Downtown Revitalization is a model for how we can improve our cities while creating jobs.”
VISION 2040 is the region’s growth management, economic and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040 (compared to the 3.7 million people living here today). It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region — promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality and a healthy environment.
PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 entities, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region. In 2012, PSRC will select projects for the roughly $400 million in federal funds the region can expect to receive over the next few years. PSRC is also the lead regional economic development planning resource and home to the Prosperity Partnership.