The company that purchased the property, Salish Crossing L.L.C., is part of the Lynnwood-based Echelbarger Company, which plans to make exterior and interior upgrades to attract new tenants.
“This is a momentous purchase to a company with strong family ties to the Edmonds community,” Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said. “I look forward to new ownership taking the responsibility of transforming the site and enhancing our community.”
Salish Crossing L.L.C. is beginning immediate improvements to reposition the shopping center, the city said, including “comprehensive repair and painting of the exterior, significant electrical work, new landscaping and new signage.” Company representative Lindsey Echelbarger said he was pleasantly surprised to discover the structure — a former strip mall that sits on 4.3 acres and used to house a Safeway store — is in much better shape than its exterior suggested and views it as “a real diamond in the rough.”
Salish Crossing will also serve as a new home of the 1909 Edmonds High School portico entrance, which was removed in 2005 when the former high school was renovated to become the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The portico had been preserved by Lindsey Echelbarger and his wife, Carolyn, who had both served on the Capital Campaign that initially raised funds for the ECA construction.
Salish Crossing L.L.C. managing partner Nick Echelbarger noted that the former Antique Mall building “is a key gateway for Edmonds. If you are traveling on the ferry, Salish Crossing is either the first or the last thing you see in Edmonds. We are working deliberately with a top-notch team to ensure the shopping center is something all will be proud of.”
Project architects are Steven Johnson and Jeff Oaklief from Johnson Architecture and Planning L.L.C. Any inquiries for available space should be directed to Tiffini Connell, a broker with West Coast Commercial Realty, at 206-283-5212.