Second-guessing Waterfront Connector is superfluous | Guest View

By Phil Lovell | May 10, 2019
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds The current design of the Edmonds Street Watefront Connector.

I am writing in response to the Edmonds Beacon article “Waterfront Connector is closer to a reality” (May 2).

This letter comprises my third of related writings with respect to the matter of the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector project, which is currently under more detailed design and funding efforts.

Citizens of Edmonds need to understand three important facts regarding this project:

  • The project has broad public support in accordance with the City’s adopted Strategic Action Plan (SAP) universally adopted by the City on April 3, 2013, and again April 7, 2015. The public has been continuously appraised and remains supportive throughout the project’s development process. @
  • Our City Council voted on Oct. 23, 2018, to approve the project directed towards advancement of design and fundraising efforts. This work continues as we speak, and significant project-specific state funding is identified. @
  • The location and design of this project comprise the ONLY solution that fulfills all of the parameters for emergency track-crossing access. This matter was thoroughly studied and underwritten by two separate task forces (which included this writer), and also included council-authorized professionals in assistance.

As evident from its past history cited above, the waterfront connector project represents a much-needed, long-term infrastructure improvement for our city.

For unidentified "opposition groups" or individuals to oppose or second-guess the current direction at this point is superfluous and certainly not helpful in any respect.

Phil Lovell was a Waterfront Crossing Task Force Member and member of the Edmonds Planning Board.


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