Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts speaks on the "State of the City"

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mayor Roberts Delivers State of the City Address

On Thursday morning, June 2, the Shoreline City Council hosted local elected officials, business leaders, community partners, and residents for the State of the City Breakfast. The theme for the program was "Securing our foundation; Shaping our future" and it was an opportunity for Mayor Chris Roberts and City Manager Debbie Tarry to provide the community with an update on City issues.

Roberts emphasized the investments the City has made over the past twenty-one years to secure a strong foundation and discussed how the City has been working to shape a future that meets the community’s vision.

“There is no question the Puget Sound Region is growing,” stated Roberts. 
“Shoreline is already beginning to see that growth. Our goal as a City is to be proactive and shape the future growth that we know is coming instead of letting unplanned growth shape us .... 
"When people are looking for a new home or businesses are seeking new locations to invest, we want them to think of Shoreline first. We want them to see Shoreline as a place they want to establish roots and be part of the community.”

Roberts also highlighted the City's continued excellent fiscal health. The City maintains its AA+ bond rating as well as Standard / Poor’s highest assessment for financial management.

Tarry discussed how the City works to provide the services that truly contribute to the quality of life here in Shoreline. 

“The reality is that taxpayer investment funds city services that have real impacts on people’s lives,” stated Tarry. “It is our mission and responsibility to ensure that Shoreline residents and businesses derive value from that investment.”

As part of the discussion of City services, Tarry introduced three Shoreline residents who each provided their own perspective on the benefits they receive from different city services that add to their quality of life. Jeanne Monger talked about her experiences working with the City’s Customer Response Team; Callie Steward expressed her appreciation for the City’s community gardens; and Argelia Paredes spoke about the Nurturing Trust workshops she attended and how they had helped her feel like she had a greater connection to the Shoreline community.

Shoreline's Economic Development Manager Dan Eernissee was the last to speak and he provided an update on all of the new and exciting developments occurring across the City. He also provided a brief introduction to the City’s new marketing campaign “Surprised by Shoreline”.

A video of the event is available on the City's website.


Anonymous,  June 7, 2016 at 12:05 AM  

Ah, yes... "an update on all of the new and exciting developments occurring across the City." Remember when it was said that "we don't expect seven stories to happen for decades" in the 185th subarea? Well, I guess that's not true because the very first redevelopment proposal is for SEVEN stories on 10th Ave. And to correct the misinformation provided in the presentation, those project applications didn't just come in within the last few weeks, they've been in for months. I also find it interesting that the picture shown is clearly SEVEN stories but it was said in the presentation to be a SIX story project. Seven story tower crammed in on a modest sized lot.

What was once a relatively safe stretch of road to walk and bike with the wide shoulder and barely any cars parked on the street, despite there being no sidewalks, will now be a parking lot for overflow cars from this tower. That 60 foot stretch of sidewalk in front of this new building isn't going to make it safer to walk or bike on 10th.

What are we up to on the scoreboard of lies and misinformation? It's up in the double digits now?

Anonymous,  June 7, 2016 at 6:14 PM  

The traffic going in and out of the new microhousing project and whatever this is south of Aurora Rents is going to make the "rapid ride" E-Line (which so much money was invested in) to be completely "not-rapid".

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