5-story addition proposed for Pt. EdwardsThe meeting was well attended by approximately 120 members of the public
As a resident of Edmonds, and the Point Edwards Condominium, I attended the meeting of the Edmonds Architectural Design Board (ADB) held at Council Chambers on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19.
This important meeting was for the review of “Building 10” (50 Pine Street) currently proposed by developers (Point Edwards, LLC) under the amended Point Edwards Master Plan.
The meeting was well attended by approximately 120 members of the public, with a significant number being residents of the Point Edwards Condominium.
A large number of issues were raised regarding the proposed design and scope (mass) of the proposed new building with 89 residential units, increased traffic flows, and the extent of outside parking.
However, the ADB and Staff indicated the authority and responsibility of the ADB was restricted to three simple issues: 1) Color and nature of building materials, 2) roof modulation, and 3) landscape changes from earlier review documents.
Other issues were deemed to be beyond the scope of the ADB mandate.
The Developer acknowledged that “Building 10” will not be included in the Point Edwards Condominium, but rather separately under the overall Master Plan, consistent with the owner right to add new ‘phases’ to the Condominium or not.
The conditions of the Master Plan (File No. CDC-2002-37, approved 7/18/2002) are now controlling.
The Master Plan approves a total of 350 multi-family units; there are a total of 89 units remaining undeveloped. This remaining density would now be concentrated on the small Lot 3 parcel.
Many residents of Point Edwards Condominiums and the nearby community are indeed concerned about the mass and design of the five-story height proposed, and the dominating appearance that this will have on the landscape not only surrounding Point Edwards but for the entire Edmonds community.
Additional issues of congestion on Pine Street, parking, safety and other community concerns were not considered by the ADB.
The ADB did not take action bur rather directed the Developer to make further modifications to the development plans (only the three points noted above) and indicated that another public meeting will be scheduled “later”, now rumored to be scheduled for early February.
There is very little time for the entire Edmonds community to now be made aware of this proposed development and to have the opportunity to comment publicly on the impact it will have on us all.