By Larry Vogel
Have you noticed the scaffolding, paint and busy workers at the former O’Reilly’s Auto Parts at 220th and Highway 99? It’s all part of Edmonds Village Corner, a new mixed-use commercial complex scheduled to open in October.
The new complex is a scaled-down version of the proposed Edmonds Green project reported on My Edmonds News in May of this year.
Development is being managed by the Behar Company of Seattle. The original Edmonds Green project was envisioned as a 450,000-square-foot transit-oriented urban village combining residential units, office and commercial space (see the original concept here. Edmonds Village Corner is more modest and a better fit with the realities of the local economy, said Matt Steiner, asset manager for Behar.
“The idea for Edmonds Green is still very much alive,” he said. “The area of 220th and Highway 99 is already a hub for commuters traveling to major employers such as Swedish/Edmonds and Premera Blue Cross in Mountlake Terrace, and Edmonds Green was seen as a good fit. But further analysis tells us that the local economy simply can’t bear an additional 200,000-300,000 square feet of retail at this time.”
Edmonds Village Corner will feature stucco walls, and is planned as an attractive mix of food services, credit, and other consumer-oriented businesses. Ample parking will be provided.
“We plan to have our first tenants in place in October,” Steiner said.