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Port of Edmonds Redevelopment Plans Available for Review Online

Rather than to continue to make repairs to buildings approaching the end of their useful life, the Commission decided to begin planning for full-scale redevelopment, says Port of Edmonds executive director Bob McChesney.

Editor's note: The following was written by Bob McChesney, executive director of the Port of Edmonds. He writes a regular column for Edmonds Patch.

The most current official information about the Port’s redevelopment project at Harbor Square is now available on the Web.

From day one there has been a high level of interest in the project. Before passing along the detailed information, let me bring you up to date on where we are and what it all means.

For those who don’t know, the Port of Edmonds owns all the land at Harbor Square and all but two of the buildings. The existing buildings are starting to show signs that the end of their practical life expectancy is—if not in sight—not far beyond it.

Several months ago the elected members of the Port Commission addressed the question of what to do with the property. Rather than to continue to make repairs to buildings approaching the end of their useful life, the Commission decided to begin planning for full-scale redevelopment.

You are undoubtedly already aware of the many public meetings, advisory groups, design concepts and technical studies that have taken place over the last couple of years.

And we hope you are also aware that no particular design concept has been selected. In fact, doing so is likely to be quite a long way off; we are still very much in the planning stage.

The overarching vision for the Harbor Square site is to enable phased redevelopment that will be economically feasible, environmentally responsible and designed to the high quality standards consistent with the community and City of Edmonds comprehensive plan.

There are several steps yet to be taken before we can even ask developers to present their ideas. Right now we are in the process of seeking the adoption of amendments to the Port's Master Plan and City’s comprehensive plan.

The four official documents for that process that are now available on the Port of Edmonds Web site are:

  • New or Expanded Elements of the Port’s Master Plan
  • Environmental Checklist as required by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
  • Transportation Technical Report
  • Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance

These documents are not meant to be casual reading. They are detailed and written in legal language. But they are available for anyone that is interested in reading them. Making them available is in keeping with our intention of insuring that every step of the redevelopment process remains totally transparent.

The SEPA nonproject review process contemplated by these disclosures anticipates a 14-day public comment period.

Comments will be received through June 6, 2012, followed by a 15-day appeal period. The SEPA process will be completed by June 21, 2012. It is expected the Port Commission will hold a public hearing at the regular Commission meeting on June 25, 2012, for amending the Port of Edmonds Master Plan with the Harbor Square redevlopment project.

And please remember that we are always interested in hearing people’s ideas, questions and concerns.

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