Public hearing Jan. 5 on 24-unit apartment at Main and Sixth

2 structures would be demolished


Last updated 1/5/2022 at 4pm

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Proposed apartments at 605 and 611 Main Street in Edmonds.

Glenn Safadago of GBH Holdings, who was behind a three-story, nine-unit apartment building on Edmonds Street and Third Avenue North and who decided not to provide on-site parking for tenants (allowed under existing Edmonds code), is now on to a new project.

GBH Holdings is proposing a new 24-unit apartment building at 605/611 Main St. Twenty-four parking spaces will be provided below the building. Two complexes would be demolished to make way for the apartments.

Safadago co-founded PriceDoc, a website providing consumers discounted prices and reduced fees on health-care procedures. It was later purchased by Health Care International.

So far, two Edmonds residents have provided comments against the proposal.

A public hearing on the apartments is Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.

Some of the following is taken from the Architecture Review Board's Jan. 5 agenda.

Architect Phillip Frisk of PWF Architecture, representing property owner GBH Holdings, submitted a design review application for the site, located within the Downtown Business (Downtown Mixed Commercial), BD2, zone (downtown mixed commercial).

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According to the City, "multifamily dwelling is the BD2 zone "must be located on the second floor or behind first 45 feet from sidewalk or rights-of-way."

The first three structures on the north side of Sixth and Main are classified as BD2. The first is a residential structure; 605-611 are businesses, including Bench and Board at 605 Main (formerly Salon Beige Blonde) and law offices, medical services, and other businesses at 611 Main.

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The project site contains 9,889 square feet across two parcels and the current structures on the parcels will be demolished to make room for the apartment building.

A subsequent lot line adjustment would be necessary to combine the two parcels into a single lot for the construction of the apartment building.

The board's recommendation is to provide guidance to the applicant on design review guidelines and continue to a date certain for Phase 2 of the public hearing.

According to Edmonds ordinance, proposed developments that require a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) threshold determination are reviewed by the Architectural Design Board (ADB).

District-based design reviews in BD zones are reviewed by the ADB in a two-phase public hearing process. The ADB provides design review guidance during Phase 1 of the process and will issue a decision following the Phase 2 public hearing.

The Phase 2 public hearing date will be set at this meeting.

The ADB's decision on such applications is a Type III-A decision. (That is, a combination of building construction comprised of exterior walls of masonry or concrete and roof/floors of combustible material that has been treated to have at least a one-hour fire-resistance rating.)

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Public Hearing: Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.

Phase 1: Due to COVID-19, a virtual public hearing will be held via Zoom. The Zoom meeting may by joined at:

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Current buildings at proposed apartment site.

Or via phone by dialing 253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 953 6054 4929

Password: 818962

Note: The public hearing will be continued to a date certain for Phase 2 of the two-phased design review process.


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