Everett sees a beautiful downtown

EVERETT — More street trees, planters, decorative lamps, public art, benches, bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks could be in store for downtown Everett.

A new 56-page plan for downtown streets spells out ways the city and developers can make the city’s core a more pedestrian-oriented and vibrant metropolitan center.

Suggestions include eliminating angle parking on downtown stretches of Hoyt and California avenues and adding bicycle routes to the streets.

With a 200-unit building of condos and apartments on Rucker Avenue now under construction, that street is identified as a top priority for comprehensive reconstruction because of its potential as the focus of a residential neighborhood.

The busy road could be reconfigured into four lanes with a median and parallel parking or three lanes with angle parking. Other suggested improvements on Rucker Avenue are new decorative streetlights, trees and landscaping at intersections.

The improvements include public and private initiatives.

The new streetscape plan provides specific recommendations for general concepts outlined in the 2006 Everett Downtown Plan.

W. Marine View Drive; Grand, Rucker, Hoyt, Colby, Wetmore, Rockefeller, Oakes, Lombard, Everett, California, Hewitt and Pacific avenues; and Wall and California streets are also slated for improvements under the plan.

Reporter David Chircop: 425-339-3429 or dchircop@heraldnet.com.

Public meeting planned

The Everett Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the Downtown Everett Streetscape Plan at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Weyerhaeuser Room on the fourth floor of Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave.

You can read the plan at both branches of the Everett Public Library, at the planning department or online at www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=1436.

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