Comments on: See SDOT memo on The Whittaker’s alley-vacation request, one week before hearing http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/ West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 21 May 2018 06:32:32 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: JVP http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255583 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:08:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255583 @GettingItRightForWestSeattle “Many of our coalition members would support the project, regardless of tenant”

Sure. But would you?

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By: Sutton http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255392 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:41:38 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255392 GIRFWS –

Please define how your group perceives the proposed project is specifically inconsistent with the Triangle Plan.

Having sat for +two years on that planning committee, I am acutely aware of the final designations and the many robust discussions that preceded them.

City Council passed the Triangle Plan, and SDOT and DPD are enforcing them on this proposal.

If you were to do an overlay of the block’s desired configuration and amenities from the Triangle Plan with the proposed project, it meets or exceeds most every target.

Your two proposed options do not align nearly as well.

I am tenant neutral on this project (don’t care who the retailer is). This design brings well planned urban development and density to the core of West Seattle, where it belongs. People who live there will enjoy a walkable, safer neighborhood.

Growth and change continues in West Seattle. These additional homes in this location preserve the single family lot neighborhoods throughout our community and focus growth on the planned areas.

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By: Sonic http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255271 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:18:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255271 I was stunned to read through this thread and note that GIRFWS is funded by UFCW21. I guess I should have read more carefully months ago – the WS Blog clearly stated this in an article and I missed it. I think it’s underhanded that this little fact isn’t mentioned anywhere on their FB page. And I’m convinced that their entire purpose is to block this development because Whole Foods isn’t union. As far as I’m concerned, bring on the Whole Foods! I’ll be waiting outside their door on opening day, and I’m going to commit to giving Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s 100% of my shopping dollars.

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By: GettingItRightForWestSeattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255263 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:00:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255263 Many of our coalition members would support the project, regardless of tenant (Whole Foods or not), if it was much more consistent with the West Seattle Triangle Plan and had fewer impacts on the neighborhood feel and traffic. In fact, one of our alternative designs includes a 30,000 sf retail space that could accommodate a Whole Foods or other major retailer.

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By: JVP http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255223 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:19:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255223 @ GettingItRightForWestSeattle

Is there any way you’ll publicly support this project if Whole Foods is a tenant? Please answer this question for us.

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By: XXX http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255205 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:46:36 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255205 So, GettingItRight, yes or no: Is the only reason you’re against this project because a non-union grocery store is slated to be a tenant?
And, yes or no: If a union grocery was slated to be a tenant you’d have no problem with the project?
Also, if the GettingItRight coalition is so concerned about traffic and overdevelopment in West Seattle, why have we not heard anything from you regarding any of the many residential projects underway in the Junction area?

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By: GettingItRightForWestSeattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255167 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:23:55 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255167 Hi all –

David – Your comments and questions were fine, no need to delete. The call timing was a coincidence, no conspiracy! Lots of people in the GIRFWS coalition are working to raise public attention about this project because the vote is coming up quickly.

As we’ve said before, GIRFWS is a loose coalition. We have 5-8 people come to our publicly announced meetings (see our events listings on FB) every month or so. More than 500 small businesses, organizations, WS leaders and residents signed a letter to Tom Rasmussen with concerns.

Not all of us share every concern — small biz concerned about another chain store, residents concerned about traffic and parking, grocery workers’ and construction unions concerned about wages, social justice groups concerned about affordable housing, transportation groups concerned with transit, etc.

But we all agree that this project needs to be drastically improved to match the WS Triangle Plan before it moves forward. All are welcome to come to our next meeting to meet us!

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By: JVP http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255156 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:09:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255156 Oh this is just lovely. Please stop with the politics and build the project. I for one am really looking forward to being able to walk to Whole Foods. QFC, Safeway and TJ’s are fine for basics, but don’t cut it for decent produce, meat, seafood, and specialty items for those of us who love to cook. Mmmmmmm, good food!
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I’m sick of the current blight and like that this will bring in more energy to our URBAN area. Yes, it’s urban. Many of those opposed seem to be wishing for a suburban setting. I like the city, that’s why I live here.
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Yeah, I get it, 1/3 of all people don’t like change of any kind. That’s fine, and honest opposition is healthy, it gets us a better project. But the union made this political, and it appears to me that they’re willing to make my neighborhood suffer to make their point. I don’t appreciate that.
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I’ll be personally crushed if the whole foods doesn’t go in, and I’ve got no stake in the game other than wanting better grocery here and I want urban energy rather than suburban sprawl.

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By: McFail http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255137 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:33:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255137 Not very accurate when the video comes out months before the final report… So when the report says they under estimate the number of vehicle trips, is it conceding that the Whole Foods is a desired location?

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By: David http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255124 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:08:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255124 WOW….I made one comment on the Facebook page for the fake grassroots group “Getting it Right West Seattle” and within 30 minutes started getting calls from the grocery union (UFCW21). I’ve deleted my criticisms on Facebook …please stop calling me. I’ll stop arguing about this project and bow out.

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By: Paul http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255107 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:31:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255107 Read the Tilghman Group analysis and wasn’t impressed. I thought it was vague and out of date considering the changes to the project since it was written. I suspect I could rewrite the report with the same data and support a conclusion that traffic impacts would be minimal.

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By: Sutton http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255096 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:02:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255096 GIRFWS –

I am sure that whatever traffic analysis you paid for is telling you what you want to hear.

I am referring to the non-partisan city staff who have completed their work to advise the council in their decision.

Their facts differs from your viewpoint.

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By: Peter http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255068 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:10:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255068 Yes, it was a live person.

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255064 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:58:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255064 Peter, so it was a live person, not a robocall? I’m writing a story about the campaigning on both sides and that would be of note. As with all political or advocacy campaigns, I believe they can access lists of registered voters and their contact information. I hope the GIRWS commenter here will correct me if that is not accurate, and/or not how they got names to call – Tracy

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By: Peter on Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/see-sdot-memo-on-the-whittakers-alley-vacation-request-one-week-before-hearing/#comment-1255060 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:53:41 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266722#comment-1255060 Getting it right for West Seattle just called me urging me to oppose this. I’m very curious how they knew my name and phone number because I strongly disagree with them and have never had any contact with them. Of course, I’ve already written to the city council transportation committee to tell them in detail why I support the project, but sure I did enjoy telling that to the person who called.

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