Another year has come and gone for Redmond. It was a busy year with ribbon cuttings, new construction, recognition, inspiration and justice.
Here are some of the biggest stories for 2018:
“Mayor John Marchione raises expectations for the city’s future:” Going into the new year, Marchione laid out five main priorities to focus on in 2018. His hope to continue and refine the city’s growth included working to implement Sound Transit 3, improving zoning codes, renovating and expanding the Microsoft campus, planning for capital investments and developing infrastructure.
“City Council approves affordable housing funds:” In February, funding for A Regional Coalition on Housing (ARCH) was approved in the amount of $75,890. For its 2018 budget, ARCH spent $1 million to preserve at least 75 affordable units in a variety of housing types. ARCH also helped the city increase affordable housing contracts and monitor rents and resales of affordable units in Redmond.
“Overlake students participate in national school walkout:” In March, Overlake students joined the national school walkout to call for gun control. The Redmond students called out legislators and members of Congress to enact “common sense” gun control laws.
“Sound Transit construction serves upcoming Redmond light trail stations:” Eastside locals met in April to break ground on a new maintenance facility for Sound Transit. Once completed, the Operations and Maintenance Facility East will serve Redmond stations in the Sound Transit 3 package.
“Eleven-year-old girl raises money for brain cancer:” Megan Lisk sold hand-drawn and painted cards at the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk on May 6. The funds were donated to help find a cure for brain cancer, which took father Dennis Lisk. Family and friends raised more than $3,425.
“FBI recognizes Redmond Police detective:” The FBI recognized Redmond police detective Natalie D’Amico for devotion to duty in a sex trafficking case. The Redmond Police Department’s lengthy investigation of more than three years led to David Delay being sentenced to 33 years in prison for 17 federal felonies.
“City commits to customer service:” The Redmond City Hall customer service center made progress on its goal to be a “one-stop shop” for residents. The $3 million online program helped improve communication with customers. Hundreds of customer service requests were resolved and more than 5,300 business license was reviewed, approved and issued.
“Hopelink opens Redmond facility:” Hopelink cut the ribbon of its new flagship facility in Redmond. The 28,000-square-foot, $14.2 million facility houses the nonprofit’s administrative team and Redmond client services staff and a larger, more efficient food bank.
“New Downtown Park opens:” The community gathered for the grand opening of the city’s new Downtown Park event, which included a ribbon cutting, community picnic, a performance by Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders and more.
“Local teens organize eighth annual TEDxYouth event:” Redmond teens planned and organized the TEDxYouth event that touched on the theme, “Escaping the Echo Chamber.” The event featured nine young speakers who motivated the youth.
“Facebook plans major research development:” Facebook’s plan to construct a large research facility called Building X will be located off Willows Road in Redmond. The five-story building will hold house research labs, meeting spaces and kitchens.
“Redmond woman tied to sham charity scheme:” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit accusing the Haueter family of running “sham” charities and pocketing most of the donations. The family operation included Redmond resident Tracee Richardson, her parents, siblings, and their spouses. The defendants gained more than $1 million through deceitful practices.