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Mayor: Sound Transit won't be using ArtWorks parking lot


November 21, 2019

Dave Earling

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling has made it clear: Sounds Transit will not consider the ArtWorks parking lot as part of its plan for potential access improvements it says would best meet its goal of increasing ridership on the Sounder North train.

Earling is a good source, as he's a longtime member of the Sound Transit board.

"I talked to staff at Sound Transit and would not be surprised if the facility at Second and Dayton is pulled off the table," Earling said Monday. "A lot of people in the city realize ArtWorks is an important place. It will not be one of the final locations."

Earling stressed that Sound Transit and the City of Edmonds are looking at several ways to provide more access, not just in Edmonds, but also in other areas such as near the Mountlake Terrace park and ride.

"The goal is to facilitate movement in both directions," he said.

It was two weeks ago that the director of ArtWorks, Meredith Arnold, raised concerns about Sound Transit's possible plan to use the space leased to ArtWorks for parking.

ArtWorks, at Second Avenue South and Dayton Street, is one of 50 potential sites to improve parking and access at the Edmonds and Mukilteo Sounder stations.

Officially known as Dayton Street Plaza, the ArtWorks site is also home of the Driftwood Players Annex.

This location is the headquarters for such arts organizations as Write On Calligraphers, the NW Polymer Clay Guild, Artists Connect, and the annual general meeting for Washington Women Painters, all nonprofit arts organizations.

Scott Thompson, a Sound Transit spokesman, said there are 22 sites it is considering to provide more access to the Edmonds Sounder station. He said there will be more opportunities for public comment as Sound Transit continues its study.

Sound Transit is expected to make a presentation to City Council Dec. 3.

A final decision on these projects is scheduled for 2021.


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