Everett Station District Alliance is a nonprofit organization that's working to enhance the neighborhood around Everett Station by working in partnership with businesses, property owners, residents, associations, public agencies, and other stakeholders to make the neighborhood safer, cleaner, and more inviting to do business, work, commute, and live for all people.
Brock Howell, Executive Director
Ben Austin, Convergence Collaborative Coordinator
Board of Directors
Ed Petersen, President (email Ed)
Jennifer Cross, Vice President | The Dog Spot
Greg Tisdel, Secretary | GKR LLC
Tye Ferrell, Treasurer | Resilience Collaborative NW
Joe Sievers, Exec. Comm. member | Everett Downtown Storage
Sylvia Anderson | Everett Gospel Mission
Roland Behee | Community Transit
Gretchen Benzin | Kaiser Permanente
Danielle Cavoto | Delta Marriott Hotel
Craig Chambers | United Way Snohomish County
Lori Fox | M.L. Fox Architectural Woodwork
Neil Maddy | JMC Cabinets
Chuck Watts | Z Sport
Brenda White | Snohomish PUD
Board membership is not established based on representation of specific entities. Affiliation is provided merely for informational purposes.
History of ESDA
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 June 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.
The organization has been primarily funded through donations and sponsorships from individuals, property owners, and stakeholders. In 2018, ESDA secured a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation to add professional staffing, build organizational systems and capacity, develop a long-term housing plan for infill development near the transit station, and establish a sustainable funding for the organization to provide services and programs to the neighborhood under a business improvement area (BIA) model.
In 2019, ESDA hired its first executive director, added an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to assist in the development of housing and streetscape plans, and worked with a city-funded consultant to work with property owners to develop and propose a business improvement area.
In December, the Everett City Council voted 7-0 in favor of a BIA for the neighborhood, but notice requirements for a boundary amendment required a second vote by council, which did not occur prior the COVID-19 pandemic, when the ESDA Board decided to delay pursuing creation of the BIA.
Where we are
The Everett Station District's vision and programs are defined by the proximity to Everett Station, which is a major regional transit center in Everett, Washington.
A half-mile away from Everett Station, Interstate 5 provides a clear eastern border to the neighborhood. Downtown Everett and the residential areas of the Port Gardner neighborhood provide a western edge. The residential areas of the Riverside neighborhood provide a northern border.
Together, the Board members generally agree our boundaries are easily captured as Hewitt Ave to the north, 41st St to the south, Broadway to the west, and I-5 to the east.
In many ways, the neighborhood serves as a gateway into Downtown Everett—a front porch to the city. Drivers enter into the City from I-5 on Broadway and Hewitt. Bus and train riders from ten different transit services get off at Everett Station. And bicyclists ride in from the Interurban Trail and SR2 Trestle Path.
The character of the neighborhood is defined by transit park & ride lots, light industry, and many commercial businesses related to home construction and to automobile maintenance. There are also medical centers, hotels, restaurants, social service agencies, and supportive housing.
Everett Station opened in 2002. Today it's a major connection point for Everett Transit city buses, Community Transit's commuter buses and Swift Blue line, Sound Transit express buses, Sounder commuter train, Skagit Transit, Greyhound, Bolt Bus, Northwestern Trailways, and Amtrak's Cascades and Empire Builder lines.
Sound Transit is scheduled to open light rail in the Everett Station area by 2036. This will be northern terminus of the regional light rail system, completing the north-south "spine."
In 2018, much of the Everett Station area was rezoned to allow a greater range of land uses, include residential and commercial office space. Most blocks were rezoned to allow buildings up to 11 stories high, although a few blocks close to Downtown were zoned for up to 25 stories.