Commentary: How residential density expansion will impact parking and traffic in Edmonds

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Density expansion and future traffic impacts within a 6-mile radius of Edmonds’ downtown and waterfront are growing at an unprecedented level. It’s been said that the Puget Sound region has not seen this acceleration of population growth in nearly 100 years. Edmonds is a small, 18-square-mile seaside town, not a mega-urban metropolitan area. The fact is, despite Edmonds leadership’s best efforts to address Edmonds parking concerns with creative solutions, we cannot control the surrounding communities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Shoreline from their aggressive transformation into urban-style density communities using vast up-zoning and expansion strategies.

Here is a breakdown of just a few of the projects planned and currently under construction; many within a quick 5-minute drive into Edmonds, and some within Edmonds’ boundaries.

Mountlake Terrace:

Building 1 of the “Terrace Station” development is a six-story, 470,000-square-foot mixed-use building. Comprised of 258 residential units, Building 1 has two levels of underground parking and 58,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. This building is the first of three planned buildings. The completed development will bring 600 residential units to the city, all close to I-5 and the Transit Station, as well as the light rail service coming in 2024. Building 1 is due for completion in 2020.

Source: (http://www.sierraind.com/projects/terrace-station-building-1/)

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Estimated 500 cars located at this “Terrace Station, located 4.4 miles from downtown Edmonds (*2 miles from Edmonds city limits)

Lynnwood:

Light rail is coming and will bring unbelievable growth to Lynnwood, with about two dozen construction projects currently in the works to start the density expansion, the city is preparing for 17,000-22,000 new residents. Lynnwood has been identified as one of 16 “Core Cities” in the state by the Puget Sound Regional Council. Core Cities are expected to accommodate a much larger share of future Seattle and state population growth.

The 347- and 308-unit Lynnwood City Center buildings include a hotel and an apartment.