Demolition work begins on Waterfront Antique Mall/Salish Crossing site

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Work began Friday on renovating the Waterfront Antique Mall/Salish Crossing site near the Edmonds waterfront. As reported last November in My Edmonds News, Echelbarger Fund Management and Salish Crossing LLC, developers of the site, will retain and renovate many of the existing structures.

The current demolition work will create space for a number of improvements, including a new cornerstone utilizing the 1909-era portico from the original Edmonds High School, which was saved from the landfill by Lindsey Echelbarger when the Edmonds Center for the Arts was remodeled.

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  1. So appreciate Lindsey’s foresight saving the 1909 portico! Excited to see the project unfold & re-energize the space.

  2. Thanks for the report Harry. While I was looking for an old Resolution related to the naming of the Edmonds Egg Hunt, I happened to notice City Resolution No. 1012 passed by the City Council on November 5, 2001. This Resolution was titled as follows:

    A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EDMONDS , WASHINGTON , DECLARING THE REMAINING PORTIONS OF A CARVED POLE TO BE CONDITIONALLY SURPLUS TO THE NEEDS OF THE CITY, CALLING FOR BIDS AND/OR PROPOSALS, AND ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC PROCESS FOR CONSIDERATION OF SUCH BIDS AND/OR PROPOSALS.

    The Resolution indicates that the Edmonds Arts Commission had previously determined the carved pole no longer appropriate for retention as part of the City’s public arts inventory. The carved pole had been donated to the City and had been part of the City’s public arts inventory. The carved pole was deaccessioned, cut into pieces and placed in a dumpster.

    Resolution No. 1012 indicates that the City initiated a replevin action to recover the remaining portions of the carved wooden pole which had been removed from a dumpster and were in the possession of a private party. A replevin is a legal action that allows you to seek the return of property prior to a trial.

    From what I can tell, Resolution No. 1012 indicates that the City wanted to recover the carved pole that it had previously disposed of , evaluate potential public uses for the pole and consider bids and proposals for the use of the pole by private and quasi-public entities.

    Harry . . . You indicate that the 1909-era Portico from the original Edmonds High School was saved from the landfill when the Edmonds Center for the Arts was remodeled. Can you please provide more details and possibly contrast this situation to the carved pole situation?

    I found an old Seattle Times article that indicated the City of Edmonds claimed the citizen had violated the spirit of “representative government” by taking something that elected officials had opted to throw away. Was the Portico truly saved from a landfill, placed out to bid for use by a private and/or quasi-public entity, or possibly something else?

    I am glad this Portico has been saved as it is a meaningful part of our City’s history.

  3. Listening to the radio this morning, I heard a story discussing two City of Seattle Park benches that became an unofficial memorial to Kurt Cobain. The wooden bench slats were covered with written or carved messages from fans. The slats on the Viretta Park benches were replaced with new wood in 2008, but the old wooden slats were saved from a landfill and are now for sale at a Tacoma auction house.

    This reminded me of the old City of Edmonds argument that a citizen had violated the spirit of “representative government” by taking something that elected officials had opted to throw away. It also reminded me of the Portico story and whether or not the Portico was truly saved from a landfill, placed out to bid for use by a private and/or quasi-public entity, or possibly something else.

    Does anybody know the current status of the Portico?

  4. I believe there is a distinct law in regards to destroying or disposing of a professional artist’s work…….EVEN if it was donated or sold to an arts entity, such as an Arts Commission……..I think the law has been changed a couple times, and before a certain date, you could not throw away or destroy a professional artist’s work no matter what. I haven’t looked at the law for a while…..I’m not sure right now, but detailed laws exist regarding fine art……don’t know if it was fine art, but assuming if the Edmonds Arts Commision was handling it, it would have been

    As it stands now, I (being a professional artist ) can throw something in the garbage receptacle behind my studio and if it is a piece of art I had worked on and decided I wanted to discard or throw away for ANY reason , NOBODY can take that piece of art and do ANYTHING with it even from the garbage can.

    In otherwords, one cannot even take a piece of my art out of a garbage can if I intended it to be thrown away or if I did not give my permission to relinquish. I would still have ownership of the art

    I have no idea of what type of carved pole this was or if it was considered art by a certain artist

    I wouldn’t imagine that the Edmonds Arts Commission could legally just throw away fine art that was commissioned or purchased in the past.

    On another note, I’m wondering when the City of Edmonds is going to move the bolder (at Olympic Park at fishing peer, assumed that fell over in a storm) with the Buster Simpson plaque and notation for his art of this forever WELL KNOWN Northwest professional artist. My thoughts are, if the City of Edmonds can fill Hazel Miller (Mattress/Quilt Company of SEATTLE or something along those lines) Park to the brim with flowers ($$$$), they can certainly respect a WELL KNOWN artist such as Buster Simpson, and move upright that bolder. People coming here from other metropolitan areas have been shocked to see this sitting like that for so long. …..and by the way, there are AUCTION records for Buster Simpson art!…..

  5. Well, from the very north end of Sunset Avenue North (Sunset Project) to the Salish Crossing project will appear to complete a CORRIDOR when ALL is DEVELOPED. Hey, what do I know, thatZ what it looks like ……Now, all that is needed is the ok by a geotechnical company that there is no erosion on the hill/cliff at Sunset (I wonder who that would be?!.) so the Sunset Project can really START now. Kind of a no brainer, and just as expected by the people of Edmonds that didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.

    Grant money from the Highway Administration/Dept. of Transportation is still NEED based and there is no way the Sunset Project is need based, no matter how it is presented.

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