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Chandler’s Square wants to build an addition to their current retirement community on O Ave. in Anacortes. They’re asking the City Council to to vacate an alley that’s between their current building and their planned addition.

Chandler’s Square is planning a 15,592 square foot “North Annex” on 12th St. between N Ave. and O Ave. It would be just north of their existing building. They are planning 25 units, ranging from 664 square feet to 880 square feet. They now have 66 units in their facility.

Chandler’s Square Executive Director Pete Kovach said they would need to build a breezeway connecting the new wing with the existing building. He said it needs to be easily navigable and at ground level. It would cross the current alley that the retirement facility is asking the city to vacate.

The City’s Board of Adjustment is recommending granting the alley vacation. Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer said Chandler’s Square is working with the city to protect a city sewer main that’s under the proposed breezeway.

No one testified against the proposal at a recent City Council public hearing. The City Council is expected to act on the request at it’s Nov. 17 meeting.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times