Other ideas for the Harbor Square property
By Eric Livingston
During the Dec. 18 public hearing at the Edmonds City Council meeting, Councilmember Lora Petso invited the public to send ideas to the council regarding Harbor Square.
I’ve given a bit of thought to this challenge, and while there hasn’t been time enough to research and develop a set of financials to see if these ideas may or may not work; I think they may have some conceptual value.
A bowling alley, maybe Robin Hood Lanes could relocate to a Harbor Square. It did OK for 60 years where it was; it just might do OK for another 60 years in the Harbor Square area if given the chance.
Maybe an ice rink could work there. After all Rosalynn Sumners – World Champion and Olympic silver medalist figure skater – is from Edmonds. Future figure skating champions just might get their start there. Also, pee wee through junior hockey leagues could develop at that location. The Ice Capades could come and preform on a regular basis. I’d like to think that the folks in Kingston and other locals on the peninsula would grab the ferry to come and see the show. Maybe even have a meal or two.
The American Brewing Company might have some tourist value and – forgive the pun – add some flavor to the waterfront.
While this next idea might upset a few folks, an additional movie theater with two or three screens could help bring people to the area.
The theory is if one can develop a gathering place that gives people both a reason and some activity while at that location, all other businesses – including the proposed businesses at the Antique Mall area – should benefit.
As for the trains that rumble by there, (12,000 or more times annually), if the city would complete getting a “Railroad Quiet Zone” — they did start the process some years back — that would greatly benefit all who want to do business on the waterfront, as well as people who want to be there.
These are just ideas. The point of which is that there are opportunities, many unexplored opportunities, that will be lost if the process stops with just the one idea that is currently before the City Council. But the exploration of other opportunities requires imagination, lots of imagination, and loads of hard work.
Whatever gets developed at the Harbor Square site, it really has to be a concept that adds real value to the people coming to play in Edmonds, and enrich the people who already live here.