New park at Old Milltown to be named ‘Hazel Miller Plaza’

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The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to name the small park being built in front of the Old Milltown shopping center in honor of Hazel Miller.

The official name will be “Hazel Miller Plaza,” a nod to the Hazel Miller Foundation, which donated $80,000 toward the park’s construction costs. Other organizations and individuals have also donated to the park effort and anyone giving $1,000 will be recognized with their name on a plaque, said Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carri Hite.

Hazel and her husband, Morris Miller, were committed members of the Edmonds’ community and the foundation’s giving focuses on  programs and projects that serve the public’s benefit, including education and youth services; poverty alleviation and hunger; civic and community services and amenities; the environment, and culture and the arts.

In other action, the council:

– Unanimously passed two ordinances related to the Edmonds Public Facilities District, which oversees the Edmonds Center for the Arts: changing the board’s regular meeting schedule from semi-monthly to monthly and establishing board member term limits.

– Agreed to continue discussing an Edmonds Planning Board recommendation to exclude office uses from store fronts in the downtown retail core. The idea behind the proposal is that retail businesses generate more foot traffic for the entire downtown business core than non-retail office space, such as a bank or law firm, and as such that core area (see map) should be limited to retail only.

– Removed from the agenda a discussion regarding ambulance transport fees and insurance so that the council’s finance committee has an opportunity to review possible benefits from such an idea.

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