Architectural Design Board to continue public hearing Aug. 31 on Main Street apartment


The Edmonds Architectural Design Board (ABD) is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 to continue a public hearing for a multifamily apartment building at 611  Main Street. The meeting is a continuation of a meeting held Aug. 24.

The developer for the proposal is Glenn Safadago and GBH Holdings.

The three-story multifamily residential building at 611 on Main would be three stories and include 18 dwelling units, with approximately 2,600 square feet of office space and underground parking. The existing structures on the site would be removed.

According to the agenda memo for the meeting, the ADB review “and potential decision” Aug. 31 should focus on the Phase II staff report, Aug. 23 staff report addendum, revised site plan, floor plans and elevations and revised landscape plan (Attachment 15) are attached and should be the focus of the ADB’s review (and potential decision) at the August 31 special meeting.

The meeting can be accessed in person or online. The physical meeting location is the Brackett Room, third floor of Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N. Or you can watch via Zoom here. The passcode is 591531.

You can see the complete agenda here.


  1. Obviously we are going to have increased population density not that I am for it but couldn’t we just not have it be such a eye sore?

  2. Oh Great. We’ve gone from Mc Mansions and tree removal being the in vogue development promotion, to Mc Apartments being all the rage. Greater Edmonds on the march to being even grander for the masses to enjoy. Aint progress grand!

  3. Much better in what ways?

    A research paper titled “Systematic review and comparison of densification effects and planning motivations” concludes:

    “The strong dichotomy is striking between, on the one hand, the positive effects of density on public infrastructure, transport and economics and, on the other, the negative environmental, social and health impacts.”

    The paper is easy to find via internet search. The paper also refers to “the positive impact of higher density on public ridership and the negative impact of a higher density on the microclimate.”

    There are positives and negatives. Both should be discussed, and claims should be backed up with evidence.

    Another question that is very important when one thinks of Shell Creek, Perrinville Creek, etc:

    How does one best protect out watersheds when higher density is ongoing?

    Density is a very complex issue.

    I wonder if those who pushed for the amount of increased density required by the Growth Management Act gave all the positives and negatives adequate consideration.

  4. I’ve seen no reporting on the results of the 8/31 ABD meeting, so I’ll say that the modified “box” you see above was approved for 611 Main! This will be a very large building. What struck me was that someone with an authoritative voice said that this development couldn’t be stopped by the ABD. Why? My understanding is that current city codes allow it. So when council candidates or current CMs talk about our comprehensive plan or city code revisions, this is an example of their importance!

    1. Now be prepared for tree loss and another “box” on Durban St. Edmonds is slowly transforming into the boxes on Edmonds Way, or the people storage going up in Lynnwood.

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