Edmonds port withdraws its plan for Harbor Square

EDMONDS — The Port of Edmonds has withdrawn its plans to redevelop Harbor Square into a five-story complex of shops, restaurants, offices and public open space.

The port bought the business park for $13.5 million in 2006. The commercial center is located along Dayton Street between Edmonds Way, the railroad tracks and the marsh. It’s home to the Harbor Inn, Harbor Square Athletic Club and several small businesses.

The port’s plan, in the works for three years, met opposition from the City Council, leading the Port Commission to pull the plug on the plan, port director Bob McChesney said. He sent a letter to the city planning department April 3 notifying officials of the port’s decision. Port Commission president James Orvis sent a separate letter to city elected officials on Tuesday.

The port’s plan would have required the city to allow buildings up to 20 feet taller than the current maximum height permitted at Harbor Square, 35 feet.

The port will hang on to the property, McChesney said.

“We will continue to operate it as is,” he said.

Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439; sheets@heraldnet.com.

View Harbor Square in a larger map

More in Local News

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Case unresolved: The noose at an Edmonds construction site

Though two were fired over comments about it, police were unable to determine who put it there.

To get drug money, Lynnwood man says he cut 911 wires

Those wires happened to be the ones used by 911 dispatchers, but emergency services weren’t affected.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Motorcyclist killed in crash had high level of THC

A motorcyclist had more than eight times the legal limit… Continue reading

Investigation recommends girl shot by officers face charges

The teen is accused of assaulting her boyfriend and the responding police officers.

Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Higher tolls could improve traffic speed in I-405 toll lanes

A report recommends lifting on the maximum toll and charging only by segment.

Most Read