The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College approved a 20-year master plan, which includes additional housing and parking for an increased student population.
The year-long process was a collaboration between the two institutions, the city, and community members. UW Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh said the master plan is a milestone for the campus.
“This is a prime example of the long-term planning and collaboration that makes it possible for UW Bothell to offer students access to an excellent UW education. We’re proud of our partnership with Cascadia College and appreciate the engagement of our immediate neighbors and the city of Bothell,” Yeigh said in a statement.
Within the framework of the plan, Husky Village campus housing will be rebranded into Beardslee Commons, which could include transit-oriented retail, housing, and academic functions along the boulevard.
Currently, the colleges support 5,669 students at UW Bothell and 2,947 at Cascadia College, and officials anticipate the number of full-time students will increase to 10,000 — as originally envisioned by the legislature. Housing will grow from 300 apartment beds to between 600 and 1,200 beds with a mix of housing options. Parking is expected to expand from 2,500 stalls to 4,200.
As for the 58 acres of restored wetlands, that land will be preserved, and the 74-acres of developed campus will become more densely populated with growth.
“The master plan represents a significant investment in our students and our community and allows us to fulfill our commitment to prepare individuals for careers that strengthen our local economy,” Cascadia College President Eric Murray said in a statement. “It has been a privilege for Cascadia to work closely with UW Bothell, the city, and our neighbors to help shape the campus, and we look forward to continuing those relationships.”