Relief is on the way

Edmonds public restroom open in time for Halloween
Oct 14, 2016
Photo by: Brian Soergel The back portion of the Edmonds public restroom is put into place on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The first public restroom in Edmonds’ downtown core is in place, but you’ll have to hold it a bit longer.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, with the help of a massive crane, workers positioned two portions of a prefabricated restroom in a vacant lot on Fifth Avenue North between Rusty Pelican Cafe and City Hall.

There’s still work to be done on the prefabricated restroom. It's scheduled to open on Halloween, when there will be hundreds of kids on downtown streets.

“This will be a great asset to the community,” Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said. “We are trying to develop a reputation here of being a destination during the day, and this will help enormously.

“Now the merchants will have someplace that they can send folks to use restrooms rather than some of the local coffee shops and so on. I think the community will find it an exciting addition.”

The Edmonds City Council had approved a bid of $147,987 from Forrest Gardens on site preparation for the restroom, which will also feature adjacent landscaping.

The total cost of the prefabricated restroom, which includes a unisex/family restroom and landscaped plaza, is $428,637, the city said.

Earling said annual maintenance of the restroom will be about $25,000, and that amount is included in the 2017 budget.

 

 

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