Edmonds Waterfront Mall property auction postponed to March 23

Update: We just learned the auction has been postponed to March 23.

Edmonds’ Waterfront Antique Mall property will be auctioned to the highest bidder at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, on the north steps of the Snohomish County Courthouse, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

That’s the word from City of Edmonds Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton, who said the Seattle law firm of Hacker & Willig, Inc., PS confirmed Thursday that the auction — which had originally been scheduled for Feb. 24 but then delayed — would go on as planned.

You can see the paperwork related to the trustee’s sale filed with the county here. According to the notice, the building owners owe nearly $195,000 in past-due property taxes, interest and penalties.

The future of the Antique Mall, which sits on 4.3 acres at 190 Sunset Ave. just south of the ferry terminal, has been in question for some time. Al Dykes, managing partner of ESC Associates, the partnership that owns the property, has said in past interviews that he believes the city’s two-story height limit precludes the property from being developed.

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  1. This 4.28 acre of land is has been the subject of all kinds of discussions over the years and one of the best set of ideas put forth was the plan put together by the Edmonds Woodway students as a part of a major class project. Their ideas were low level in height, lots of open space and it had some thoughts for the .59 acre property owned by the DOT and the .37 acre property where Skippers was located. The students entered their work into a competition sponsored by the developer and the developer did not award the students the prize money offered. ACE the Alliance of Concerned Citizens of Edmonds initiated a fund raiser and ultimately presented the students with a cash reward of $4-5000 for their work. The model of all their work and all the documents and study data were given to ACE and the model were given to Council member Bernheim.

    I recall the in the recent past the DOT was willing to give their property to anyone who was willing to build a pedestrian overpass. The value of the land was about the estimate of the overpass of around $1m. So bottom line is pay $1m for an overpass and get the .59 acre property worth about the same.

    There are 7.9 acres in Harbor Square and 2.6 acres at the Senior Center that is already owned by the public either through the City or the Port. The Union Oil property I think is about 22 acres and is in limbo? Originally planned as the multimodal center (ferry, bus, and train) this seems to be stalled due to costs of well over $100m to develop. Ultimately we need to figure out how to handle the cars for the ferry running on a State Hwy 104, the people who what to use the water front and the trains that run right through the middle. Lots of players, each with their own self interests.

    Logically we should all put on our collective thinking caps and think about all these properties at the same time. Looking at all the issues of land use, amenities, locations, and cost to develop all at the same time may bring new interrelated ideas of how to optimize all this land for the benefit of all and solve the car, people and train issues.

    If you have some thoughts then I would suggest you get involved with the Strategic Planning process meetings on March 14 and 19. Your voice and ideas can need to be heard. You can go to the link below and register for these events.

    You can also take the SP survey by going to the City web site at https://www.edmondswa.gov/
    At the bottom of the second panel on the home page there are links to the 4 SP surveys that you can make your voice heard as well.

    We all need to get involved with offering our ideas and not just stay on the side lines and say no to someone else’s ideas. 40,000 of us live here and we should advance our views to help make this a better city.

  2. My question… is the location even desirable for a Condo complex of any height? It backs up to a RR track and has limited views. A public/private partnership could yield some interesting new ideas and opportunities for Edmonds. The Charettes are our chance to generate some new thinking. I plan on being at the one on March 19th and hope to meet a lot of new friends willing to contribute their time to invest in our city. I’ve also encouraged my teenage boys to contribute their ideas at the online survey… https://www.edmondswa.gov/.

  3. The State had no problems with putting a toll on the 520 bridge, why not put an extra charge on the ferry fares to pay for moving to the Union Oil property.

  4. We need a first rate Hotel..ie Hilton, Hyatt but in order to get that we have to change the height restrictions. Hotels start building rooms on the 4th floor. Restaurant, meeting space, pool, etc..are the rooms 1-3. They bring in lots of money for a community. Coer’dalene resort in Idaho is a great example. When it was first mentioned they wanted to build a resort the local people were up in arms. Oh, it will ruin my view, pollute the water, bring bad people..etc.etc. None of that happened. All the retail love the hotel. Every week a new group of people come into town with new money. (which they spend at the restaurants, stores etc.) The town go so much money, the hired more police, cleaned up the city.. Maybe we could keep our fire department and pool. The main purpose of a hotel is to keep it booked. Currently we have NO HOTEL in the Edmonds area. A motel, very sparse with no benefits. I’ve stayed there I know. Mukilteo has hotels, and we don’t. When we paid the company to look at Edmonds a few years back to what we needed in the future. They said Hotel…????

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