Property owners, business owners, social service providers, and other stakeholders of the Everett Station District neighborhood began meeting in June 2014 to discuss challenges and opportunities to foster a vibrant community around the Everett Transit Station. The Everett Station District Alliance (ESDA) became a formal nonprofit in June 2017, and filed for its 501(c)3 status the following month.
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 has not yet occurred.