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'Boutique' hotels now allowed along Edmonds waterfront

City concerned about possible empty office space due to changing work habits


Last updated 3/4/2021 at 5:04pm

Brian Soergel

The Edmonds Bay Building, in the background, is one of the few office buildings along the Edmonds waterfront.

Although Edmonds is more than ever a destination for day-trippers, those who may like what they see and decide to spend the night have few choices downtown. Options? Up the hill to a motel on Highway 99 – a risky proposition – or traveling to Lynnwood or other nearby locations.

Airbnbs are sprinkled around town for those who book in advance, but Edmonds currently has just one hotel west of Highway 99 – Best Western Plus at Harbor Square.

Traditional hotels have long been allowed in the downtown business zoning districts, which comprise most of the downtown area east of SR 104. But, as...

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Reader Comments(2)

Debra Arthur writes:

Michael is right. I expect Edmonds knows this too about investment and building codes. But funny how those types of things just vanish in thin air. Will we know? No...Will we care? No...as long as it goes well.

Michael D Meeks writes:

I applaud the decision by the Edmonds City Development Committee to allow boutique hotels in Edmonds. But the current 'Cost-Benefit' rule of investment will cause any savvy investor to look elsewhere unless the building codes are changed to meet investor's demands.


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