Edmonds Chamber of Commerce News
Harbor Square Development Update
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 19:36

Teresa Wippel, MyEdmondsNews.com


Edmonds City Council President Lora Petso’s proposal to reject a Port of Edmonds plan for redeveloping the Harbor Square business complex failed on a 3-4 vote Tuesday night. Instead, the port’s concept will be sent to city staff for modifications based on council input, with the goal of bringing it back to councilmembers for their review by March 19.

 

The decision to move the Port’s proposal to staff for revisions followed several weeks of deliberation, including three separate public hearings. Voting against Petso’s proposal — and in favor of amending the plan to address concerns raised by councilmembers and the public — were Diane Buckshnis, Kristiana Johnson, Frank Yamamoto and Strom Peterson. Joining Petso in supporting the proposal to scrap the plan were Joan Bloom and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas.

 

Bloom reiterated her strong opposition to the Port’s request to incorporate their proposed Harbor Square Master Plan into the City’s Comprehensive Plan, stating “I don’t see any way to make this proposal work.”

 

Yamamoto said he saw no point in going back to the drawing board when the city could reshape the plan to better reflect the council’s vision for the project. “To start over is a major disservice to everyone,” he said.

 

The Council voted 6-1 at last Tuesday’s meeting to defer the decision a week, to provide more time to study the matter. The issue drew opposition from those who fear that the port’s plan would eventually open the door to three- to five-story structures in downtown Edmonds, as well as residential development on unstable soil.

 

To address those concerns, Buckshnis said she had several ideas for modifying the project to make it more acceptable, including reducing building heights, eliminating residential use, and incorporating buffers to protect the neighboring Edmonds Marsh.

 

While not a proposal for an actual project on the current Harbor Square Business Complex site, council incorporation of the master plan into the city’s plan is a necessary first step toward redeveloping the aging 14.62-acre complex. The current site includes the Harbor Square Athletic Club and Tennis Center, the Harbor Inn hotel and numerous businesses located among five buildings on the site.

 

The Port’s original vision was to transform business park of tilt-up buildings, which the port acquired in 1978, into a mixed-use transit-oriented development that could include up to 358 residential units, 50,400 square feet of retail, 9,784 square feet of office, 123,410 square feet of recreational health club uses (including tennis courts), 3.8 acres of public open space, and 1,091 spaces of off-street parking. The Port first introduce the idea to the public in 2009, followed by the formation of a steering committee of interested citizens, several public meetings and workshops, and a public hearing prior to the Port Commission’s unanimous adoption of the plan in June 2012.

 

Following the Council vote Tuesday night, Port Commissioner David Preston told My Edmonds News that the Port recognized all along that the council was likely to make changes to the plan, and the commissioners were comfortable with that idea. “I look at it like this: The Port’s run a race and they’re done with their section and they are handing the baton to the city council,” Preston said.

 
Young Professionals Invited to Be Involved In New Edmonds Chamber Group
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 02:02

By David Jones

Courtesy of MyEdmondsNews.com

 

David Jones, in white shirt, at a recent networking event with other members of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s newly formed Young Professionals and Chamber President Ron Clyborne, right.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce recently announced the creation of the Young Professional Network (YPN). The motivation is to better serve the chamber membership by offering a new resource to young professionals in the community.

 

The Young Professionals Network is composed of individuals in their 20s and 30s who can be business owners or in sales, business development, non-profit and even job seekers. The goal is to create an environment where young professionals can learn and grow their business and to also grow as an individual and a professional.

 

The group meets monthly to network and quarterly to give back to the community. The monthly meetings are typically held in a restaurant or a location where food will be provided. The events are $10 for entry and come with appetizers; drinks are available for purchase. Each quarter the YPN plans to perform community service activities ranging from volunteering and fundraising to donating time and resources to worthy causes in the area.

 

While some networking events may have a theme or specific topic, there is no “elevator speech” required at Young Professionals Network meetings. The group wants to provide a relaxed setting where individuals can connect to each other.

 

If you have questions about attending or hosting an event, email them to ypn@edmondswa.com. The next networking event will be Feb. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Loft in downtown Edmonds. The next volunteer opportunity will be the Relay for Life event at Edmonds-Woodway High School from noon June 1 until 9 a.m. June 2.

 
Downtown Edmonds Business Improvement District approved 4-3
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 17:34

By a 4-3 vote and following a lengthy period of questioning and discussion, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night approved a proposal to create a Business Improvement District in downtown Edmonds.

 

Proposed Area of the Edmonds BIDBIDs are special assessment areas established under Washington State law to maintain and enhance specific business districts. The Edmonds BID includes the area of downtown Edmonds as shown on the map at the left.

 

The fact that the map did not extend further into the waterfront areas of Edmonds was a bone of contention for some business owners who testified during the public hearing portion of Tuesday night’s meeting. The feeling was that waterfront businesses will benefit from the BID’s efforts to bring more visitors to downtown Edmonds to shop and dine, and that they should also be assessed.

 

That concern was acknowledged by the councilmembers (Lora Petso, Joan Bloom and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas) who voted against the BID proposal in favor of taking more time to consider immediate expansion as well as address other questions. However, City of Edmonds Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton and City Attorney Jeff Taraday agreed that the council could expand the BID to include the waterfront and other downtown areas in the future, as long as the appropriate public process is followed.

 

Creating a BID provides a local funding mechanism whereby businesses assess themselves to fund programs designed to help fulfill goals related to activities such as marketing, promoting special events, security, beautification, parking, clean-up and administration of the BID. A total of 149 businesses out of the 313 in the BID area signed up to support the concept, and their assessments will exceed the 50-percent threshold required by state law.

 

“A Business Improvement District brings focused and dedicated resources, a united voice that builds on the best that Edmonds has to offer,” Edmonds Bookshop owner and BID Committee member MaryKay Sneeringer told the council Tuesday night.

 

The assessment structure has two categories: one for “open door” businesses (restaurants, retailers, banks, etc.), and one for “by appointment” (hair salons, doctors, lawyers, nail salons, insurance providers, counselors, financial advisors and others). It assesses retail establishments at a higher rate than service and professional businesses. The assessment is based on square footage and will cost each business in the zone from $120 to $600 per year.

 

More than 20 business owners signed up to testify during a public hearing on the proposal. A slight majority were in favor; among those opposed were business owners who had signed up initially but said they were having second thoughts about participating. Those concerns, along with questions about whether the BID boundaries should be expanded and if city staff time should be devoted to administering the bid during tight budgetary times, prompted “no” votes from Councilmembers Bloom and Petso. Fraley-Monillas stated she fully supported the BID concept but wanted more time to explore public concerns.

 

Now that the measure has been approved, the next step is for Mayor Dave Earling to appoint an interim member advisory board comprised of BID members — representing both open door and by appointment businesses. That board will submit a work plan to city council within 90 days outlining how it intends to spend money on a well as bylaws and policy guidelines. The city council will have oversight regarding how the money is spent.

 

Following the vote, long-time Edmonds BID leader David Arista of Arista Wine Cellars said that the committee was grateful for the council’s support and the group is ready to roll up its sleeves to accomplish the next steps. “The hard work begins now” with development of the work plan and bylaws, he said.

 

Republished from My Edmonds News

 
Action Requested: Show your support for the Port’s Harbor Square Master Plan
Friday, 28 December 2012 00:14

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 29th at 7 pm, City Council will be holding a third Public Hearing for input on the Planning Board’s recommendation to incorporate the Port’s Harbor Square Master Plan into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has reviewed the Port of Edmonds’ plan carefully and the Chamber Board has concluded the Harbor Square plan is of real benefit to the community overall, not just the business community.



The Board of Directors and Staff of the Edmonds Chamber encourage you to email all your City Council members and the City Clerk’s office (email addresses provided below) to voice your support to incorporate the Port’s Harbor Square Master Plan into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  Below are some points to draw upon for your statement of support:

  • Allowing the Port of Edmonds to proceed with this plan would provide for improved sustainable economic vitality of Edmonds and a more prosperous community for the long term.
  • A healthy business climate not only attracts prospective employers to Edmonds, revenues from business are necessary to reduce the need for tax increases for health, schools, police and other human services.
  • A healthy community requires a healthy and thriving business community to support the quality of life residents value, brings visitors to Edmonds and attracts employers so our brainpower stays in Edmonds instead of commuting elsewhere in Seattle.

 

City Council Contact Information:

Kristiana Johnson, kristiana.johnson@edmondswa.gov, Position 1
Strom Peterson, Peterson@ci.edmonds.wa.us, Position 2
Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, adrienne.monillas@ci.edmonds.wa.us, Position 3
Diane Buckshnis, diane.buckshnis@ci.edmonds.wa.us, Position 4
Joan Bloom, Joan.Bloom@edmondswa.gov, Position 5
Frank Yamamoto, frank.yamamoto@edmondswa.gov, Position 6
Lora Petso, lora.petso@ci.edmonds.wa.us, Position 7
Sandy Chase, chase@ci.edmonds.wa.us, City Clerk

 

Learn more about this issue by clicking on the following link which will take you to the project summary page on the City's website: http://www.edmondswa.gov/government/departments/development-services-home/planning-division-home/plans-long-range-planning/harbor-square-master-plan.html

 

About the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907. The Chamber is a member organization serving over 430 business and professional leaders in several neighborhoods including the Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Westgate and Highway 99 districts. The mission of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality of the greater Edmonds business community through advocacy, leadership and education.

 

To learn more about the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, as well as other events and programs, visit www.edmondswa.com.

 

Contact: Ailsa Kellam
 Business & Communications Manager

 

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 146, 121 5th Avenue North Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: (425) 670-1496 Fax: (425) 712-1808

 

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Chamber Arts Awards 2013 - Call for Nominations
Monday, 03 December 2012 00:11

Who are the “arts heroes” in Edmonds?

It’s time to shine a spotlight on your favorite arts heroes – those volunteers and business leaders who support the programs you love in the visual, performing and literary arts.  To find these folks who work and collaborate behind the scenes of Edmonds’ arts and cultural programs, the Chamber needs you to nominate your favorite arts heroes for the Edmonds Chamber Arts Awards.  Arts heroes will be honored at an awards ceremony in March, 2013.  Nominations are due by February 14, 2013.

 

The new Edmonds Chamber Arts Awards program celebrates outstanding and exemplary contributions to arts and culture in the Edmonds community made by businesses, organizations, and individuals.  Awards will be made in four categories: business leadership, individual leadership, creative collaboration, and individual volunteer service.  Visit the Chamber website (www.edmondswa.com/awards) for descriptions of each category and an online nomination form to nominate your favorite partners and volunteers.  Hard copies are also available at the Chamber office at 121 5th Ave. N.

 

The Arts and Culture Committee started over a year ago with the goal of raising awareness about the significant contributions of our local arts and culture sector to the economic vitality of Edmonds and highlighting the many partnerships and collaborations that support arts & culture.  The committee, chaired by Chamber board member Jack Loos, includes representation from the City, the Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds Community College, Port of Edmonds, local non-profits, businesses, and artists; Chamber membership is not required in order to serve on the committee.

 

The awards will be presented at a public event on March 21, 2013 at the Edmonds Conference Center, just after Third Thursday Art Walk.  Nominations are currently being accepted, with a February 14, 2013 deadline.  See the Chamber website for more information www.edmondswa.com/awards

 

About the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907. The Chamber is a member organization serving over 430 business and professional leaders in several neighborhoods including the Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Westgate and Highway 99 districts. The mission of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality of the greater Edmonds business community through advocacy, leadership and education.

 

To learn more about the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, as well as other events and programs, visit www.edmondswa.com.

 

Contact: Ailsa Kellam
 Business & Communications Manager

 

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 146, 121 5th Avenue North Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: (425) 670-1496 Fax: (425) 712-1808

 

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Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins With Festive Christmas Stroll
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:35

Saturday, November 24

Edmonds, WA - The time-honored holiday tradition of the Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony has been expanded this year. On Saturday, November 24, in addition to the illumination of the community Christmas tree, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has added a festive holiday stroll through the streets of charming downtown. The Christmas Stroll will begin at 3 pm in front of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, located in City Hall at 121 Fifth Avenue North.

 

After the Christmas Stroll, the City of Edmonds invites you to join them at the Fountain at Main Street and Fifth Avenue at 4:30 pm for a glimpse at the newly renovated block of Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets. Then walk to Centennial Plaza (5th Avenue North and Bell Street) for the much anticipated Tree Lighting Ceremony.

 

At the Tree Lighting, enjoy refreshments provided by main sponsor Shooby Do Catering, Waterfront Coffee, the Chamber and Starbucks. Entertainment includes the 20 piece Maplewood Middle School Jazz Band, North Sound Church choirs and a vocal performance by local artist, Bear. The grand finale will be Santa arriving by fire truck for the lighting of the tree. Following the tree lighting, join Santa on a walk to the Edmonds Conference Center for hot chocolate, cookies, fun and photos with Santa Claus (photos taken by Magic Photo).

 

For those who want a full day of holiday fun, purchase tickets to the Edmonds Center for the Arts annual Sing-a-long Sound of Music event (edmondscenterforthearts.org). From noon to 4:15 pm on Saturday, November 24, the whole family can watch the original 1965 movie in glorious Technicolor, with on- screen lyrics for all the songs. When the movie is over, all attendees are invited to head out the door into downtown Edmonds just in time for the tree lighting, which begins shortly after the sing-a-long.

 

The Tree Lighting is a free community event open to the public. Parking is available to tree lighting attendees and shoppers after 4 pm at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

 

About the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907. The Chamber is a member organization serving over 430 business and professional leaders in several neighborhoods including the Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Westgate and Highway 99 districts. The mission of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality of the greater Edmonds business community through advocacy, leadership and education.

 

To learn more about the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, as well as other events and programs, visit www.edmondswa.com.

 

Contact: Ailsa Kellam
 Business & Communications Manager

 

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 146, 121 5th Avenue North Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: (425) 670.1496 Fax: (425) 712.1808

 

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Ribbon-Cuttings Galore 2012
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:31

Art Spot

 

 

Key Bank

 

 

Las Brisas

 

 

Segway of Edmonds

 
Chamber Arts Awards 2013
Saturday, 06 October 2012 19:59

A little over a year ago the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce formed a new Arts and Culture Committee with the goal of raising awareness of the contributions of our local arts and culture sector to the economic vitality of Edmonds and highlighting the many partnerships and collaborations that support arts & culture.  The committee, chaired by Chamber board member Jack Loos, includes representation from the City, EdCC, the Port, local non-profits, businesses, and artists.

 

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Committee is pleased to announce a new awards program to recognize the importance of the arts to economic growth and civic well-being.  The new Edmonds Chamber Arts Awards celebrate businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to arts and culture in the Edmonds community.  There are four categories of nominations:  business leadership, individual leadership, creative collaboration, and volunteer service.  The awards will be presented at a public event on March 21, 2013.  Look for more information on applications and how to make a nomination in the upcoming weeks.  Nominations will be accepted starting in November 2012 with a February 14, 2013 deadline.

 
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