Dozens of Edmonds and Woodway residents, along with the mayor and attorney for the Town of Woodway, gathered in the Edmonds City Council Chambers Tuesday night to urge the city council to overturn a decision by the City’s Architectural Design Board (ADB) approving a five-story, 85-unit apartment building for the Point Edwards development.
Those opposing the board’s decision as part of an official “closed record appeal” before the council, said that proposed structure — known as Building 10 because it is the final of 10 to be built in the development — not only doesn’t fit the character of Edmonds, it also is out of scale with the remaining nine Point Edwards buildings.
Speaking for the appellants, attorney Doug Purcell said that from the beginning, the entire Point Edwards project overlooking Puget Sound “was basically sold as a stairstep down the hill which would not intrude significantly into the view corridor.”
But Building 10, Purcell said, is “a monolithic building…much larger than anything else that is there, placed on top of this hillside at the very top of the hill where it’s going to be intrusive into the view corridors from all over the Edmonds area.
“The ABD is required to ensure that the building is consistent with the other buildings in Point Edwards,” Purcell said, adding that the board “is clearly erroneous because if one looks at this building… it is outscale. It’s five stories in height at the very top of the property.”
Among individuals speaking during the closed-record appeal — which requires that only “parties of record” from previous hearings can testify — were two current Point Edwards residents — both of whom said they were not told about plans for the five-story building when they purchased their condominiums. In fact, the residents say, they were shown a model of a much smaller three-story building that appeared to be nicely integrated into the existing development
But Rick Gifford, land use attorney for the Point Edwards developer, Pine Street LLC, told the council that “it has been planned and known since 2002 that there would be a large multi-family building on this project.” The Architectural Design Board followed the city’s own design guidelines in unanimously approving the building, Gifford added.
After hearing more than two hours of testimony and rebuttal and asking several questions of the involved parties, the council decided to delay a decision on the appeal until its Nov. 12 meeting, which will provide time for the information presented to be summarized and reviewed.