The view from Harbor Square
How realistic is it to expect to sell pricey new condos and lease retail space in an upscale redevelopment of Harbor Square if there are nine more mile and one-half long uncovered coal trains rumbling along the Edmonds waterfront each day?
That’s what will happen if the coal export terminal at Cherry Point
in Bellingham is approved.
This would be a massive leap backwards toward increased pollution and habitat destruction not to mention the health and safety risks for our citizens.
Once the coal is burned in China, the air pollution will travel on the jet stream back to us within a few days.
Winds at the export terminal will blow coal dust directly into Puget Sound, disrupting the marine ecosystem.
While in the new Harbor Square, condo occupants and shoppers would be faced with dust, noise and delays in getting across the railroad tracks.
Is this the kind of idyllic waterfront community the Port of Edmonds and developers have in mind?