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College housing considered downtown
Public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18

EVERETT - Could the corner of California Street and Oakes Avenue become college student housing?
A developer is asking to construct 100 housing units for Trinity Lutheran College students on the southwest corner of that intersection.
The proposal comes tied to changes that would rezone all of downtown that could allow more student housing. City planners see this proposal as a pilot project to evaluate if more student housing can be opened up elsewhere in the downtown core, planning director Allan Giffen wrote in a staff memo.
The city’s planning commission will discuss the topic Tuesday, Feb. 18. One item commissioners are being asked to consider is how to determine minimum parking standards in the already-crowded downtown core.
This proposal for Trinity Lutheran’s students, though, would keep most students’ cars off the street. The proposal mandates one off-street parking space per room, and in this case the plan calls for students to park at the existing parking garage off of California Street that Trinity Lutheran has space in.
The city will hold a public hearing at the planning commission meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the old city hall, 3002 Wetmore Ave.
The meeting also will be recorded for Everett TV, which is cable channel 21 for Comcast customers and channel 29 for Frontier customers.
The site at California and Oakes is currently a parking lot. Trinity Lutheran College, which also offers its own student housing, is a few blocks away.
Seattle-based Sherwood Apartments is the developer asking for the proposal. A subsidiary company of Sherwood bought the parking lot in October, Snohomish County assessor’s and state business license records show.
Trinity Lutheran College moved its main campus to Everett from Issaquah in 2007 and has a student base of a little more than 200 students. The campus is at California Street and Wetmore Avenue.

More information on this plan is available at this link on the City of Everett's website.


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