More than 25 citizens, business owners, project personnel and City officials gathered Wednesday morning to break ground for a new multi-use project that promises a major step forward in revitalizing the Westgate neighborhood.
In keeping with the goal of providing walkability and creating vibrant public spaces, the project will include a large landscaped plaza area adjacent to the building. Additionally, the structure is being carefully placed far back on the site to help it blend in with the terrain and visibly merge with the steep slopes on the south edge of the property. The project is being built on a parcel on the southwest corner of the Westgate intersection at 10032 Edmonds Way, currently containing an empty retail pad and the remains of an old building foundation in the area of the current Bartell Drug.
With construction planned for later this year, the project offers a mix of residential units, street-level space for small businesses, and both surface and underground parking. And developers say they are taking positive steps to attract new residents from across the economic spectrum, with 20 percent of the units designated as affordable housing, renting at below market, according to Mark Craig, president of Henbart LLC, the commercial real estate firm spearheading the project. Henbart is an affiliate company of Bartell Drug and owned by the Bartell family.
“This is critical piece of the plan to invigorate Westgate as a vital, walkable, rich neighborhood,” said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. “We have the amenities here already — everything from grocery stores to salons to restaurants — the big missing piece has been close-in housing. This project provides that.”
For more details on the project, including additional renderings and site plans, see earlier My Edmonds News coverage here.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel