Letter to the editor: Parking shortage at Salish Crossing is real



My name is Katie Kahumoku and I co-own The Workshop with my partner Kim Croft. We are down in Salish Crossing on the opposite end of Scratch and 190. (The north end.)

We read the story on the parking situation and are definitely a part of the story! We are a boutique wellness center/gym offering Pilates, personal training and a full day spa (massage and clinical skin care), with hopefully in the next month or two also being able to also offer Physical Therapy too! So having one of the larger spaces in Salish and for sure needing the parking provided for us and out clients, we literally were not able to get parking this week due to commuter folks parking here.

We are the first of its kind in the world to put these things together and are so excited to be in Salish Crossing in downtown Edmonds!

We actually didn’t know what was happening and then on the day the towing started, the parking person came in and explained. We understand it is a hard situation as the commuters are just trying to get to work, but so are we and our clients just to their appointments.

Also, I want it to be clear that we didn’t not get folks towed, we just knew that we had no parking. And the parking enforcement company came around explaining what was happening (why we had no parking and what was going to happen to those that had been warned the previous day about parking there).

To my knowledge, only warned folks that parked there again were towed. Our landlord suggested we write to you as you may be interested in who we are and what we value and offer the community!

Also, perhaps with the community now knowing that Salish is a happening place and not just an empty parking lot, perhaps the city could accommodate all of the growth in Edmonds by find/using space somewhere for a parking lot and shuttling folks down here to the train station?

Thank you,

Katie R Kahumoku
The Workshop

5 Replies to “Letter to the editor: Parking shortage at Salish Crossing is real”

  1. This was always a potential problem, and now it is here.
    The City should provide parking, but so far, they haven’t seen their responsibility for providing parking in the City of Edmonds.


  2. This is actually a good problem to have, meaning business is booming. Let’s be patient, sooner than we think the parking problem we now have will be solved with driverless electric cars.
    In the meantime we can look at this challenge to find other solutions since there is no more parking being added in the area.
    Let’s THINK together.


  3. What we build in Edmonds is a matter of priorities, funding sources, and the public inputs. If we had $30m in funds that were not ear marked for a particular project what would the public like to do with it. $30m would buy an overpass to serve in case of an emergency and that same $30m would pay for about 1000 parking spaces in garages. Could we use that $30 to buy out the folks in the Ebb Tide, and make it a park and parking?

    We are always looking for way to have someone else pay for what we want. We could tax ourselves about $1800 for the average household and that would raise the $30m.

    These are all a matter of public priorities. When you think about it a bit it seems odd that we are suggesting the need to build something for $30,000 (a parking stall in a garage) to store a car that may cost and average of $30,000. That’s $60,000 of resources dedicated to getting people from their homes to the train. I bet we could think of a number of ways to get folks to the train for a lot less investment. What is the fare for a ride from our homes to the train cost?

    Dave Preston is right, we have a good problem. How do we create some good answers and pay for it. Sound Transit I think pays about $700 a day for those stalls. That $250k/yr would pay for a lot of door to door transportation.


  4. To clarify one significant point in this letter, it was NOT only people that had been warned that were towed. I was one of the people who got off the train from work to find my car gone. I have never received any warning of any kind regarding parking in the Salish Crossing parking lot and I park there everyday. I completely understand and agree that the businesses need to have parking for the their customers and that the parking in the lot needs to be enforced. However, I honestly thought I was parking in the correct commuter parking spots around the outside of the parking lot. There was no signage of any kind where I parked and given the fact that commuters have been parking there, along the outside edge of the parking lot, for years without indication that this was not part of the commuter parking I thought this was in part of the designated commuter parking. Furthermore, the signs that are in other parts of the parking lot clearly state that cars will be towed after 24 hours, my car was parked there for less than 10 hours. I was doing the best I could given the information I had to follow the parking rules in the parking lot for commuters. The property management’s ‘solution’ to the issue was extreme and very harsh, especially when there are much more simple and community friendly ways of solving the issue. As I am sure the case is with many families a sudden unexpected $400 towing and impound fee is hard to adsorb into the family budget, never mind being stranded at the train station in the pouring rain. While I understand that you as the business owner did not have the cars towed this whole experience has completely turned me off from patronizing any of the businesses in Salish Crossing. You have a voice with your landlord and the security firm responsible and I simply ask that you inform them that how they choose to handle the situation will hurt your business as well as the other businesses in Salish Crossing. You are a business owner in this community, it is the people in this community that are taking the train every morning and seeing your business everyday, it is these same people from this community that are going to support your business, having their cars towed WITHOUT warning is not a good way to gain customers from the community. It is very unfortunate that your landlord has put you and the other business owners in Salish Crossing in this difficult situation.


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