City won’t renew lease for satellite parks maintenance facility in Lake Ballinger neighborhood

For the past year, some parks maintenance staff have been working out of this building in the 24200 block of 76th Avenue West.

The City of Edmonds has decided not to renew its $7,000-a-month lease on a building in Edmonds’ Lake Ballinger neighborhood that for the past year has served as a satellite facility for the parks maintenance division.

According to city spokesperson Kelsey Foster, the decision was part of the city’s belt tightening to address current budget challenges.

The Edmonds City Council in June 2023 approved a proposal by Parks, Recreation and Human Services Director Angie Feser to lease the then-vacant building, located in the 24200 block of 76th Avenue West, to address overcrowding at the city’s 54-year-old parks maintenance yard at downtown City Park.

At the time, Feser told the council that the parks maintenance division added six full-time equivalent employees in 2023 to support additional parks work, including the new landscaping along Highway 99 and maintenance of the Civic Center Playfield. More space was needed to acommodate both the increased staff and additional vehicles, equipment and supplies associated with the additional work.

Foster said that the equipment that was stored at the 76th Avenue West building will be moved to the Johnson property adjacent to Yost Park. Longtime Edmonds resident Shirley Johnson, who died in January 2021 at age 83, bequeathed her home and one-acre property to the City of Edmonds with the idea of eventually creating a community garden. There is space for equipment storage now that the house has been demolished, the site has been cleared and fencing has been added, Foster said.

According to Feser, city staff who had been working at the Ballinger neighborhood facility will be relocated to the City Park maintenance yard.

 

  1. It was a lot of money for limited use, who of us, could afford to pay over 1000 dollars a month to store our single car. Makes you think about of how little importance they consider our tax dollars. A rare win for the taxpayers.

  2. I drive by this buildng everyday and I do not think I have ever seen more than 2-3 truck parked there s yes this is a good cost savings move

  3. I live close to this building and honestly my only concern is that something beneficial to our neighborhood moves into that space instead of it sitting vacant. It would be great to see some sort of coffee shop or restaurant/brewery type of establishment try to make that home. I will say that having the city occupy that space did show some marked improvement in maintenance of our park and other natural space, so my hope is that continues no matter where those resources are housed.

    1. I live close to this building as well – a coffee shop/brewery/neighborhood hub would be a welcome addition to the Lake Ballinger neighborhood!

      1. Let’s hope! And, curious minds in this neighborhood also want to know what will be at the old 7-11 site on 238th (also the site of the tragic murder which accelerated that site closure) which has been closed for many years and has attracted all sorts of unwanted activity in the meantime. The exterior has been completely redone and nobody seems to know what the plan is. Corporate 7-11 still owns the property. Similarly, hopefully something to add some beneficial business to the neighborhood.

  4. Tom – your comments about what happens next are valid. Watch the continued work on the City’s land use changes during the comprehensive plan update. That vicinity is being studied to be upzoned to be a neighborhood hub – meaning that 3 story buildings could be allowed.

    1. Oh… we are aware. That’s before the proposed Landmark site which is now almost 1000 (I believe) housing units instead of what it was billed as, which was primarily a mix of community benefits for all of Edmonds. No thank you.

  5. This area needs its own Neighborhood Association~ provide a forum for citizens to work together, give them a greater and more effective voice in City Hall.

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