New residences and retail space coming to old Edmonds Post Office site

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This week’s demolition of the old Edmonds Post Office at Second and Main signals the beginning of what will be a new three-story, mixed-use building in the heart of downtown offering 26 residential units, three retail spaces, and a public terrace along Main Street.

According to documents filed with City of Edmonds Planning Division, the developer, Edmonds 20/20 LLC, promises a building that will conform to the downtown 30-foot height limits while reflecting “the pedestrian scale and character of Main Street and old town Edmonds.” The project will use traditional historic materials like brick and stone and a facade that incorporates “articulated unit bays and decks reinforced by contrasting colors to minimize any ‘wall-like’ feeling,” the documents said.

The southwest-facing public terrace along Main Street will offer tables and seating covered by a stepped-back trellis planted with vines to add visual interest and create added summer shading. The building front will incorporate open-sided steel and glass canopies for pedestrian cover.

In addition to providing 26 medium-income apartments, the building will help expand downtown parking with the addition of 37 residential and 11 commercial parking stalls.

No firm completion date is available at this time.

The project document is here and you can find complete building permit information with additional renderings, diagrams and descriptions submitted by the developer on the City of Edmonds website here.

— By Larry Vogel

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. What does it mean “commercial parking spaces” and where will they be located? Will there be a time limit for the parking?

  2. Since it’s going to be a mixed use building, “Commercial parking spaces” to me, means parking spaces for the retail store customers. I’m sure a time limit will be put in place for the 11 commercial parking spaces.

  3. When complete this will be a fine addition to the area. The developer was required to only have 22 residential parking spaces and 0 retail spaces. Providing 37 and 11 respectfully is an example of a quality development. Sadly during the design process the developer asked for a modest, non impacting height increase and it was denied. As a result more expensive construction techniques were required to allow for 3 floors. This development was once a potential area for a new boutique hotel. With the proximately to shopping, restaurants, and arts activities and too bad this was not possible.

  4. Darrol, thank you for the reminder about the hotel issue which you have correctly related. In June 2011 the Planning Board made several recommendations to city council about building regulations in the downtown zones. Council acted on most of the recommendations, but turned over the recommendation to allow development agreements, which would have allowed the hotel, to the city attorney. The attorney came back with a report addressing a broader issue in 2013! So development agreements were never directly dealt with. It’s time that city council got this back on their do to list so that another opportunity is not needlessly lost.

  5. Thank you Ron, it is good to know you feel I correctly related the facts. I would not want to be wrong. It would look like I just fell of the turnip truck.

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