Deadline extended for city’s 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor survey

4th Avenue Cultural Corridor

A key feature of the Edmonds City Council-approved five-year work program for the Edmonds Creative District is redevelopment of the Fourth Avenue Cultural Corridor – which include street improvements in Fourth Avenue North between the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) and Main Street.

The City of Edmonds has created a preference survey for redevelopment and the deadline has been extended through 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. You can access it at:

You can learn more in our earlier story here,

Information gathered from the survey will be analyzed and summarized, with a presentation to the city council expected in early fall.

5 Replies to “Deadline extended for city’s 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor survey”

  1. We would like to hear from everyone, not just those who live and work on 4th Avenue . So please take a few minutes to let us know what you think.

    This capital project is essential to Edmonds’ designation as one of the State’s Creative District.

    The Initial Plan has been in the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Capital budget since the early 2000’s. This effort is to create a detailed master plan. However, implementation may take many years. Some aspects may be accomplished in stages once the overall design is established. Aspects of the project will include utility work, new sidewalks, lighting, parking and opportunities for art installations.


  2. This issue involves City Easements, the scope of those Easements and much more.

    Edmonds Economic Development and Community Services Director Patrick Doherty has been asked “What is the plan to work with property owners?” Doherty said that is “a wide-open question; we don’t know the impact on adjacent property owners yet.” He added that the answer will depend on the final concept for the Corridor.

    The word “impact” causes me to consider the burden this arts corridor might put on the servient estate, the owners of the fee title to the property, the adjacent property owners. Concerns about parking and oversight of Art have already been voiced.

    Also, Colorado has experienced issues with gentrification related to Creative Districts.

    I would like the City to explain to all of us what the impact on adjacent property owners will be prior to asking us to complete a survey. I would also like to see a comprehensive discussion of gentrification, impacts on affordable housing and if Creative Districts increase the odds of even steeper future property tax increases.

    Shouldn’t we be aware of and discuss these big issues up front and agree that the majority wants all of this? Maybe the majority does but it just feels like there is much more to this that all should consider.


  3. “This capital project is essential to Edmonds’ designation as one of the State’s Creative District.” From what we have been told about the “Creative District” this project is not essential for the CD. It was cited along with other initiatives to help us get the designation but it is essential. If we do nothing more than we have already done we will not lose our CD designation. The CD is much more than Arts. Attracting software designers to help provide medical applications would also be important to the CD.

    Ken’s point is certainly valid. Many of our long standing ideas find their way to the public agenda via the city’s Comp Plan and Capital Budget. But making it to the CP and CB does not mean we should or will do it. Connector? Sunset Ave? Sewer Pumping Station? Restoring the Marsh? Daylighting the Creek? Emergency WF access now without the Connector? There are more than $100m of projects in the planning stages and there are place holders for each. That does not mean we will ultimately do them.

    The city needs a more robust way to gather and process public input for most of the things we do. Because it made the cut long ago does not mean the public has the same views on an issue based on the realities of today. We simply need to find ways to gather and use public input.

    Do go to the Arts Corridor link. I was disappointed in the questions in that they did not have much to say about the impact of any given answer. That is part of the point Ken is making.


    1. Solid Comment Darrol – thanks. In general, I prefer a far broader explanation of all matters up front coupled with more robust ways to gather and process public input. This is a complicated issue. I am concerned about impact on property owners.
      I think property along 4th Avenue was rezoned via Ordinance 3624 in 2007. Would the same zoning decisions have been made if property owners knew a Creative District designation would eventually lay down over the top of their new zoning?
      The Creative District is fairly good size, and I think it includes some properties with Residential Zoning.
      A map of the area is shown as part of this article:


  4. I know of no zoning changes planned as a result of the Creative District. Folks need to separate the two idea. Creative District is a physical zone yes, but at this point nothing has been even considered, discusses, or in any way dealing with zoning changes relating to the CD. See this link about CD

    This is what the city web site says about the Fourth Avenue Cultural Corridor:

    “A key feature of the City Council-approved 5-year Work Program for the Edmonds Creative District is development of the Fourth Avenue Cultural Corridor – a reinvention of the existing street improvements in Fourth Avenue North between the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) and Main Street. A key purpose of this project is to make this important pedestrian connection between Downtown Edmonds’ premier arts/culture venue and the restaurant, shops and services of Main Street and the heart of Downtown Edmonds a safer, more welcoming, more inviting, and more interesting pedestrian experience. This will, in turn, help maximize the connectivity between Downtown and the ECA. Another important purpose is to create a special linear venue that could accommodate celebrations, events, art, and performance – all resulting in Fourth Avenue becoming a destination unto itself, only steps away from the waterfront and the future Civic Park. ”

    The AC in with in the CD. The AC has a life of its own when it comes to planning, zoning, and funding. If we do more changes to the zoning for the AC that does not mean those changes apply to all the CD.


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