Mayor Dave Earling hinted at the development during his Town Hall meeting that we covered for My Edmonds News and recorded for My Edmonds News TV last week, and now here are more details regarding the what’s to come for the former Waterfront Antique Mall building now known as Salish Crossing. This is according to an announcement released Thursday night, which we are reposting in its entirety:
Salish Crossing’s second phase of redevelopment has begun and is expected to be complete Spring of 2015.
The former Safeway space, measuring over 20,000 square feet will be transformed into a 10,000 square foot multi-tenant retail market in the southern half and a 10,000 square feet regional fine art museum in the northern half.
Retailers will share a market-concept common corridor in the center of the building, providing a unique shopping experience with fewer differentiations between tenant spaces. Additionally, retailers can be accessed off of a new south-facing 2,000 sf raised terrace through new walls of glass storefronts along the entire southern side of the project. This will be one of the largest outdoor dining terrace in Edmonds and will feature dedicated outdoor seating and fire pits.
Current tenants coming soon include:
– Brigid’s Bottleshop, featuring over 10 rotating taps and hundreds of unique beers for sale.
– Scratch Distillery, a new venture from Edmonds residents Kim and Bryan Karrick, featuring a full line of craft spirits that will be produced on-site.
– Cascadia Art Museum. The museum will be making a series of major announcements later this summer.
Tiffini Connell, with West Coast Commercial Realty, is currently working on securing interested food vendors and boutique retailers for the remaining two spaces.
Nationally renowned landscapers Charles Price and Glenn Withey, curators of Dunn Gardens, have installed breathtaking new landscaping adjacent to the project’s front door, featuring a variety of unique and rare plant selections highlighting texture and color. This landscape theme will continue around the south side of the new terrace upon completion.
Another highlight of this project is its dedication to local art.
Local Suquamish artist Peg Deam’s original art piece, “Spirit, Tide and Travels” was commissioned specifically for Salish Crossing. Deam created the original line art and Mead Powers, a Seattle-based custom concrete artist, translated the work into over 200 lineal feet of concrete panels. This artwork is currently installed in the retaining walls on the project’s east façade.
Without changing the look of this waterfront building, the original façade will be restored and celebrated.
“The redevelopment of the Salish Crossing offers the opportunity to give new life to an iconic 1950’s building type, finding inspiration in the shape of the long arched form of the roof and horizontal elements”, said lead architect Stevan Johnson, Principal of Johnson Architecture and Planning in Seattle. “At the same time, we were very pleased to be able to redesign the fully paved site to provide a greener, more pedestrian friendly foreground. We expect that Salish Crossing in its newly imagined state will become a highly appreciated and well used part of the Edmonds urban environment”.
A critical component of the project will be creative tenant signage crafted in partnership with Edmonds resident Clayton Moss.
Salish Crossing has been aptly referred to as the ‘West Gateway to Edmonds’.
Situated at the intersection of Dayton Street and State Route 104, this is a key arterial route cutting through the Edmonds Bowl and providing the over four million per year ferry travelers with a vital connection to Highway 99 and I-5.
Salish Crossing is a prime destination for community, commuter and tourist retail serving a stable, affluent trade area with well-established neighborhoods and strong income demographics.
“This intersection plays a key role in connecting with the residents who live, shop, dine and play along the Edmonds Waterfront as well as for the commuters and tourists who start or end their travels at this spot”, noted owner Nicholas Echelbarger.
In the meantime, the Salish Crossing Farmers Market started on June 11th featuring a full line-up of local vendors. All revenue raised by the market is donated to the Edmonds Community College Foundation.
The redevelopment of the north wing will also follow shortly but all existing tenants remain open for business and look forward to increased customer traffic with the south end redevelopment.