Explore all the options at Harbor Square

By David Jones | Dec 13, 2012

I am writing to express my support for the Harbor Square plan and encourage City Council to incorporate it into the City’s Comprehensive Plan at the December 18 Public Hearing.

For several years I have worked in the Edmonds business community and feel there is no better place to live. I am very involved in the community and frequently help with community events.

Recently I started a Young Professionals Network for Edmonds businesspeople in their 20’s and 30’s. We have seen a terrific response to the Young Professional Network, which includes business owners, employees and job seekers in the Edmonds community.

The Harbor Square plan offers many things that appeal to a younger generation. These include affordable housing, a gathering place close to the water and recreational opportunities.

Additionally, with rail transportation, bus transportation and the ferry system all within walking distance, the Harbor Square area could draw new business and jobs to the Edmonds area.

This is especially attractive to those who want to live and work in Edmonds, as I do, rather than commuting. If the city does not accept this plan, it is turning its back on an opportunity to provide a variety of housing, retail and entertainment choices.

Saying ‘no’ to the development of Harbor Square means those young couples and families who might otherwise choose Edmonds as their home, instead choose to live in bordering cities that provide amenities that appeal to them.

The Harbor Square plan is a step in the right direction for the future of Edmonds.

When I consider important decisions in my life, I prefer to have all available details so I can make the most informed decision possible. The conversation about Harbor Square development is good for our community.

Saying ‘no’ at this point in the process means the city is not exploring all available options and is doing a disservice to the future of the community.

I encourage City Council to incorporate the Port’s Harbor Square Master Plan and say ‘yes’ to the future of Edmonds.

 

 

David Jones

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