Citizens who packed the Edmonds City Council chambers Tuesday night to offer more comments on a proposed $1.1 million purchase of the vacant Skippers restaurant property learned that the seller, Cascade Bank, has made a counter offer to the city, which the council will consider in executive session at 9 a.m. Friday. The council will then hold a public meeting immediately following the executive session to take action on the counter offer.
Similar to last week, an array of citizens weighed in on the purchase, but with far less animosity than displayed a week earlier. There were two particularly notable comments. One came from Edmonds-based European travel consultant and TV celebrity Rick Steves, who wrote a letter from Venice that was read aloud during the meeting. Noting how public space benefits communities across Europe, Steves wrote that “it would be a lost opportunity not to buy this property. ”
Edmonds real estate agent Ron Clyborne, meanwhile, read a “letter of concern” from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors that questioned “the fiscal prudence of such a purchase given the knowledge of the city buget and economic conditions.” The letter requests that the council thoroughly research the pros and cons of purchasing the property before making a final decision. “We question the merits of this proposal at this price and at this time,” the letter said.
More details on the council meeting will be added on Wednesday.