I usually pick a single subject for each of my columns but, as we head into the new year, I found there are a number of items I’d like to highlight.
First, the Legislature is currently in their 60-day short session and they are involved with a number of issues important to the city. Number one, of course, was passage of the Capital Budget which was approved earlier in the session. Leftover from the last legislative session, the Capital Budget includes funding for the Anderson Center Roof, dollars for extensive Edmonds’ waterfront improvements, and funding for the new Edmonds Senior/Community Center. I, and several City of Edmonds Directors, have been in Olympia meeting with our local Legislators on these important city issues over the past few weeks.
Next I’d like to mention a few of the many commercial construction projects taking place around the city. I want to call attention to two today. We have several fine car dealerships around town but one, Magic Toyota on Highway 99, is currently undertaking a “from the ground up” rebuild of their site. When completed they will have a new, dramatic, 64,000-square-foot facility housing their showroom and service department.
The second project just broke ground at Westgate. Westgate Village will include expanded retail, along with 91 housing units. Located on the southwest corner of SR 104 and 100th West, this expansion is a dramatic change for the property which runs from the current Bartell Drugs, around the corner to the property line adjacent to McDonald’s… truly an exciting project!
Besides new construction projects, we also have new businesses moving into existing office space in Edmonds. One in particular is Keyport, one of the largest international crab distributors, which just relocated from Seattle to Edmonds. I recently had an opportunity to meet with owners Mark and Kurt Pederson and welcome them to the community. Keyport also has an office in North Carolina.
Lastly, I’d like to highlight a few upcoming community events. One is the always fun Annual Clam Chowder Cook-off sponsored by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature 10 local restaurants competing for the title of “Best Clam Chowder in Edmonds”. Scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Edmonds Yacht Club, participants will be able to sample the entries and vote for their favorite. The event begins at noon at the Edmonds Yacht Club. The first year of the cook-off, people were lined up around the building waiting for the doors to open!
Finally, I hope you might join me for my annual “State of the City” presentation on Feb. 22 at the Edmonds Theater from 8:30 – 9:30 am. I think it is important each year to provide the community with a summary of the city’s activities and a preview of the coming year. Opening comments will be given by Jenny Murphy, of Sound Styles and David Quinn, head of the International Baccalaureate Program at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
— By Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling