The Everett Station District Alliance (ESDA) is a 501(c)(3) membership organization of local stakeholders collaborating together on a vision for improving the neighborhood around the Everett Transit Station.
The transit center opened in 2002 with the intention of catalyzing redevelopment of a vibrant community with housing and jobs within walking distance of the station. This redevelopment of the neighborhood has not materialized in the intervening years.
In 2014 the ESDA emerged as a voluntary assembly of property owners, business owners, environmental groups, community-building organizations, developers, and transit agencies committed to creating and pursuing a vision for the neighborhood that would stimulate residential growth and economic development of the area in an environmentally responsible and equitable way.
The ESDA incorporated as nonprofit organization in June 2017 and filed for its 501(c)3 status in July 2017. The organization secured a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation to continue to professionalize, and the ESDA hired its first executive director in January 2019.
Following study trips and the advice of a professional consultant, in 2019 the organization proposed the creation of a business improvement area to provide the sustainable, equitable funding mechanism possible for property owners to self-assess and fund the services and programs they desire for the safety, prosperity and benefit of the neighborhood. In December 2019, the Everett City Council unanimously voted in favor of creating the (BIA). An additional vote remains necessary for final adoption and creation of the BIA.
Formation of a Business Improvement Area
Address public safety concerns.
Address on-street parking concerns.
Create a 30-year Housing and Streetscape & Mobility Concept Plans.