(Scroll down for Tuesday update with official notice)
8:25 PM SUNDAY: This is a “save the date” note because the details aren’t all in yet. But if the date holds, it’s only nine days away, so we’re mentioning it right after finding out about it.
(Image from November 2013 design proposal for 3210 California SW; revised design for Feb. 6th meeting isn’t out yet)
As neighbors of several other West Seattle projects have done, residents near the block-long 3210 California SW building petitioned the city Department of Planning and Development for a meeting to lodge concerns that aren’t addressed in the Design Review process – the ones covered by the State Environmental Policy Act, including noise, air quality, and traffic/transportation, as well as ecological impacts. (See a longer list on this state webpage.) They launched the petition drive right after the previous Design Review meeting in late November, in 166 signatures before Thanksgiving. Seven weeks later, on January 9th, they still hadn’t heard anything, though the project’s next Design Review meeting had already been set for February 6th. So they e-mailed the city, and got a note eight days later – at close of business Friday – that it was set for January 29th at the Senior Center of West Seattle – no time mentioned.
No formal notice has been sent, so after hearing about this from the neighbors’ group, we checked all the places on the city website where such notices are usually posted/filed, and found just one brief notation inside a tab on a docket listing it – the date and location – no time. The city usually sends a Land Use Information Bulletin on Mondays, but not this week, since today was a holiday. So the neighbors will be checking further on this tomorrow, and in the meantime, if you’re interested in this project – five stories, ~150 units, ~160 parking spaces, 4,200+ square feet of commercial space – save January 29th as a chance to comment. (Similar meetings have had start times of 6:30 pm; we’ll update tomorrow when we get final word on the time.)
10:18 AM TUESDAY: The formal notice came in the one-day-delayed Land Use Information Bulletin this morning – see it here; the meeting is indeed set for 6:30 pm January 29th.