Work continues on the Main Street Commons project planned for the old Edmonds Thriftway site at 6th and Main, now expected to open in late 2020.
“We’d originally hoped to have it completed later this year,” said developer Mike McMurray.
But the delays have not dampened McMurray’s legendary enthusiasm for his project and the Edmonds community, the latest example of which is Main Street Commons’ sponsorship of the music stage at the upcoming Edmonds Oktoberfest. “I really love this town and people in it,” McMurray said. “I grew up here, and I guess it’s just in the blood. It’s been great for me and my family — honestly, I wouldn’t live anywhere else — and I want to give back something special.”
McMurray explained that the delays are primarily due to a longer-than-expected permitting process. “We have several permit-specialist consultants helping us review and fine-tune our permit applications to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed,” he said. “But the uptick in construction and economic activity all over our area is keeping these folks hopping, and frankly, they’re really stretched — which means it’s taking more time for everyone. On the good side, this delay has given us a chance to review our plans and make some changes in scope, which will mean a better end result, but also contribute to these delays.”
The changes include several features to increase the architectural appeal and add to the aesthetics of the project. Among these are increasing the glass area facing Main Street, designing a new set-back grand entryway directly off Main Street, adding a permanent awning over the sidewalk along the north side of the building, seismic improvements, and creating additional parking off the alleyway on the project’s south side.
“I’m confident we’ll have the permits submitted and approved by the end of this year,” McMurray concluded. “We’ve already got contractors in place to start construction, so as soon permits are approved we can break ground. I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to open our doors to the community before the end of 2020.”
— By Larry Vogel