One of the most visible redevelopment projects in Edmonds is the ongoing transformation of the old Waterfront Antique Mall into the new Salish Crossing complex. The new lighting fixtures, landscaping, concrete retaining walls with embossed art and reconfigured parking are giving the area a new look and attracting considerable local attention.
But these are just the beginning according to developer Nick Echelbarger, who spent almost an hour on Wednesday evening briefing the Edmonds Citizens Economic Development Commission on what is coming over the next several months.
The former Safeway space, measuring more than 20,000 square feet, is being redeveloped into a mixed multi-tenant retail market in the southern half and a regional fine art museum in the northern half.
Retail businesses will include a craft distillery, a “grand restaurant” and an artisan beer tasting room. The 10,000-square-foot Cascadia Art Museum will focus on the work of Northwest artists such as Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson and Morris Graves. It will include facilities for lectures, education and enrichment, and will house both permanent and traveling exhibits in five galleries.
“The museum will offer state-of-the-art climate control allowing it to host exhibits that include delicate, environmentally-sensitive works,” Echelbarger said, “making Edmonds one of the few places in the region where these can be displayed.”
The building itself will feature an open, spacious interior that capitalizes on the original architecture.
“We were overjoyed to discover that Safeway had very high construction standards for their stores when this building was put up in the 1960s,” said Echelbarger. “The original arched beamed ceiling is in fantastic shape, and will remain as a key design feature in the redeveloped space.”
The exterior will offer enhanced public amenities, landscaping and walkways. A notable feature, the south-facing landscaped terrace, will add another “great outdoor space for Edmonds,” he said. The parking area will offer ample space for visitors while continuing to provide additional parking for Sound Transit commuters.
“A key design feature of the parking area will be the original Edmonds High School entry arch,” said Echelbarger. “It will be place in the southeast section of the parking area, and will provide visual and aesthetic focal point.”
The redevelopment is expected to be complete spring 2015.
— Story and photo by Larry Vogel