So you think you're busy … | Mayor's Corner

By Dave Earling | Aug 31, 2017

A month ago, I mentioned a few large projects in Edmonds under construction this summer. They included a new major facility for Magic Toyota, Madrona K-8 and the next phase of the old post office site with 22 apartments, a first-floor restaurant and retail and office space.

Very large projects, to be sure.

So also knowing how busy the second floor of City Hall has been, I decided to better understand the breadth and depth of the load our planning, building and engineering staff are carrying. In several conversations with staff, the large list of projects grew and grew. The following list of construction projects even took me aback.

In short, construction in Edmonds is booming.

Keep in mind the following are projects in various stages, which run the gamut from application, permit review and approval, construction, inspection and completion. In other words, these projects are somewhere in the pipeline:

• Cedar Creek Memory Care, under construction near our Public Works Facility on 71st and 210th

• Building 10 at Point Edwards under construction

• The 22 apartments and retail at the old post office site

• Graphite Studios at Second and Main, with artist studios, restaurant and four apartments

• The aforementioned Magic Toyota and Madrona K-8 projects

• Edmonds Apartments on 244th Street SW (one nine-unit building and one 10-unit)

• Westgate Village mixed-use building at 100th and SR 104, with 91 units above retail.

• Doug's Mazda new sales building, additions to service and Hyundai buildings, and two-story parking garage

• Beach Walk Apartments at Third Avenue North and Edmonds Street

• 14 detached condos on 212th Street SW near Edmonds-Woodway High School

• Port of Edmonds marine retail in design review

• 60, yes 60, new single-family homes are permitted in the city, including the condos near E-W. And another 19 are under review for permit.

From Highway 99 to Westgate, from Five Corners to downtown, Edmonds is simply a reflection of the growth experienced in many other communities around Puget Sound, fueled by the growth in well-paying jobs and historically low interest rates.

We have all heard the raw numbers of the region's expected growth, with 220,000 people moving into Snohomish County alone, and nearly a million new residents joining us in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties by 2035. Pierce and Snohomish counties are the first- and second-fastest growing counties in the nation!

As I talk to folks around our community, I continue to hear anecdotal reports of their friends from other communities indicating how much they enjoy Edmonds' energy, vitality, activities and natural beauty. We are having success in our efforts to focus Edmonds as a daytime visitor destination.

We enjoy a wonderful small-town setting where you can go for a walk on the beach, enjoy a meal in a fine restaurant, shop at small friendly retail businesses or see a show at a one of a handful of performance venues. When people want to escape the hubbub of Seattle or the east side of Lake Washington for a small-town experience, Edmonds is becoming a popular choice.

While I know many of us watch with concern as some of these changes take place, the City Council and I are committed to maintaining our small-scale downtown and the amazing spirit of our city. There is boundless opportunity for vast improvement along Highway 99, in Westgate and other areas. We must continue to guide change and not allow growth to trample us.

The dynamics are fast and furious on the second floor of City Hall. With staff working hard on many fronts, they remain committed to maintaining a level of high quality professionalism.

They are doing a great job and deserve our thanks.


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