King County has announced the Northshore Community Service Center in Bothell, which serves residents across north King County, will close at the end of the month. The last day of business is Sept. 27.
The services provided at the center, which is currently only open Mondays and Tuesdays, include marriage licensing and pet licensing. Residents also can fill out passport paperwork and pay their property taxes at the center.
The county is directing those who used the center to a website, kingcounty.gov/CSC, to find many of the services provided by the Northshore CSC online. Some services also can be done via phone or mail.
“Technology is helping us solve these problems,” Dembowski said.
Residents who need in-person service are being directed to the other CSC locations in Issaquah, Shoreline, Seattle, Renton or Kent. Those locations’ addresses and hours also can be found at kingcounty.gov/CSC. The staff working at the Bothell location will be transferred to one of the other centers.
Dembowski said there is a small possibility of replacing the Bothell center’s functions at another location in north King County when they go through the county budget.
The Northshore CSC is co-located with the Northshore Public Health Center at 10808 NE 145th St. in Bothell. The health center will remain open and move to a smaller facility in the Evergreen Medical Center, located at 13030 121st Way NE in Kirkland, in the next six months. The county council signed a lease for that location earlier this week.
Part of the decision to close the CSC is because there is no space for the facilities in the health center’s new location. The Sept. 27 closing date for the CSC was chosen because the health center’s relocation was originally supposed to happen in November and the busy marriage licensing season usually wraps up at the end of September, Cameron Satterfield, King County Department of Executive Services communications manager, said.
The status of the health center has previously been in question due to county budget restraints, so despite the loss of the CSC, Dembowski is considering the preservation of the health center good news.
“It’s been my focus to keep that essential service alive,” he said.