A District of Neighborhoods
The City of Bothell is defined by districts, including well known areas such as Canyon Park, Thrasher’s Corner and North Creek. As new development occurs, the city’s downtown district, Bothell Landing, is understood as a series of small neighborhoods, each identified by the street character, type of development, and uses found within the area. Thoughtful planning has defined areas that combine retail, commercial, residential, and outdoor gathering spaces — places where people want to be and businesses thrive.
From the active Riverfront to the pedestrian-friendly Junction, Bothell Landing is a place of activity, entertainment, shopping and dining experiences and a place to call home.
The Junction of Boulevard + Main is the heart of Bothell Landing — forming the city’s retail, dining, and entertainment hub.
The Riverfront neighborhood, including The Park at Bothell Landing and the Sammamish River Trail, is the center for recreation, relaxation, and community activities.
East Bothell Landing, centered on the city’s expanded civic campus, connects the University of Washington to The Junction.
West Bothell Landing is the downtown district’s high density residential neighborhood with single-use commercial office buildings interspersed throughout the area.
The Campus neighborhood is the eastern entrance to Bothell Landing and is home to the University of Washington at Bothell and Cascadia Community College.
• The Junction: Boulevard + Main
The Junction of Boulevard + Main is the heart of Bothell Landing, for the community and its past. The intersection of the two destination streets forms the city’s retail, dining and entertainment hub. Main Street, which is the historic center of Bothell Landing, will be revitalized and extended across The Boulevard to the Bothell Public Library, creating an east-west promenade with continuous storefronts at street level. Its historic character will be infused with new mixed-use buildings, set at the edge of wide sidewalks framing a narrow, pedestrian-oriented street. Originating at the river’s edge in the Park at Bothell Landing and the Burke Gilman trail system, The Boulevard is the north/ south spine running through the center of the downtown district. Carrying the traffic of SR 527, The Boulevard will become a strolling street as development occurs and the Multi-Way Boulevard and paver-lined side access lanes are completed, bringing retail to the sidewalk edge and setting buildings apart from traffic via a system of tree-lined medians. Upper level offices, apartments and condominiums will be buffered from the vehicles on SR 527 by the leafy tree tops. At the heart of the Boulevard will be a new McMenamins experience including a hotel, restaurant, pub, spa, pool, community garden and theater. McMenamins will open by 2013. The Boulevard is intended for larger development sites that can support anchor tenants who will thrive with exposure to both drive-by and pedestrian traffic. New development in The Junction may be from four to six stories tall and will be required to be mixed-use with ground floor retail.
The Riverfront neighborhood is the center for recreation, relaxation, and community activities. On the northern shore of the Sammamish River, The Park at Bothell Landing is the community’s gathering place for a myriad of annual festivals and events. The Park is connected to the Sammamish River Trail and the Burke-Gilman Trail via a pedestrian bridge, a signature element of the City of Bothell that provides walkers, bikers, and skaters direct access to area wineries and breweries. In coordination with the Crossroads roadway project, the park will be expanded and enhanced. The park’s plaza, amphitheater, historic buildings, hand-carry boat launching beach, outdoor café, play areas and trails will be enjoyed daily by the community. The Riverfront neighborhood is also home to the Northshore Senior Center and several senior housing developments that grace the river’s southern banks. Wayne Curve, and an 18-hole executive course, Wayne Golf Course, mark the gateway to Bothell Landing.
• East Bothell Landing
The East Bothell Landing neighborhood connects the University of Washington to the city’s hub of dining, shopping and entertainment at The Junction. Located east of The Boulevard and north of Main Street, East Bothell Landing will be home to the community’s expanded civic campus, anchored by a new 50,000 square foot LEED certified and architecturally significant City Hall. City Hall is scheduled to be completed in 2012, and will be a model of sustainability and forward thinking design. The civic campus will be built on the block that City Hall currently occupies. Incorporated within the same block will be a grand plaza for community gatherings, concerts and events as well as two mixed-use buildings that will include retail space and possibly housing or educational facilities. East Bothell Landing is also home to the police station, post office and courthouse and is anticipated to be the location of future UW Bothell student housing. Mixed in with these destinations are professional service firms residing in boutique office buildings. In addition, East Bothell Landing is zoned and planned for single-use commercial buildings as well as high density residential development, including multi-family condominium and apartment buildings and townhomes.
• West Bothell Landing
The neighborhood west of The Boulevard, but north of Main Street is West Bothell Landing. Building on the existing fabric of the neighborhood, West Bothell Landing is envisioned to be a neighborhood for both living and working. High density residential is planned to meet the street at the sidewalk edge, with design intentions featuring richly articulated windows and doorways, building forecourts, and terraced urban gardens. Urban housing options could include townhomes, brownstones and apartments with front stoops and bay windows. Thought of as primarily residential, West Bothell Landing is also zoned to include single-use commercial office buildings, housing the many creative class companies found in and around Bothell Landing. At the northern edge of the neighborhood, Pop Keeney Stadium, undergoing renovation in 2010, hosts football games for the Bothell High School Cougars as well as the Woodinville and Inglemoor High School games.
The shared campus of the University of Washington at Bothell and Cascadia Community College celebrates the eastern entrance to Bothell Landing and the area known as the Campus neighborhood. The Sammamish River creates a water boundary for the neighborhood and also feeds the 58 acres of protected wetlands that set the schools apart from the traffic of I-405. The campus is anticipated to grow dramatically in the next 6 years, from 3,600 students today to over 10,000 students. Courses of study at UW Bothell include: arts, computing and software development, science and technology, international business administration, nursing and education. UW’s MBA program is ranked third nationally. Not to be outdone, Cascadia Community College is the number 2 ranked community college in the nation. Drawn to the talent and programs of the schools, a myriad of lifesciences research firms cluster in the area. In 2010, the Discovery Center was founded at the campus, providing an opportunity for scientists to collaborate in the development of new biomedical devices. But it isn’t all about work. The Center for Serious Play also resides at UW Bothell, where students and faculty create new gaming experiences, interactive media and technology products.