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The Edmonds Economic Development Commission recently suggested a change in design restrictions on buildings in BD-1 (Edmonds business district 1, the area near the fountain at Fifth and Main).

The Edmonds City Council voted not to review such a proposal.

The proposal would have changed ground-floor height requirements from 15 feet, as they are now, to 12 feet. The reason was that a 15-foot ground floor height doesn’t leave room for two floors above it in a 30-foot-height total limit.

Reducing the ground floor to 12 feet would enable two residential floors to be built above a retail gro...

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