Next step in “Soundway” land transfer: Hearing date set

We’ve been reporting on the process of transferring the “Soundway” property in the West Duwamish Greenbelt to the city Parks Department, long after the site (32 acres that are mostly south of South Seattle Community College) was platted into streets that were never built. Almost a month after the Seattle Design Commission gave its blessing to the plan (which they have to do with all “street vacation” proposals), today’s Land Use Information Bulletin confirms that a public hearing is now set before the City Council Transportation Committee: 9:30 am August 4th. The council must give final approval before the status of this land can be changed from “public right-of-way” for potential roads. Once that happens, it will be leased (explained in our June report) to the West Seattle-based Nature Consortium, which works on forest restoration in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. (If you can’t be at the hearing, the public notice explains how to comment by e-mail or postal mail.) P.S. For a closeup look at part of this site, take the Nature Consortium’s free guided hike this Friday, 1 pm (RSVP to or 206.923.0853).

1 Reply to "Next step in "Soundway" land transfer: Hearing date set"

  • Pete July 13, 2009 (4:25 pm)

    This is an example of what can happen when a community comes together and fights city hall. There were so many folks that came to the table for this fight against the city beaurocracy it was unbelievable. But in the end the community won and now this is the final piece of the puzzle making it green space for generations to come. This community battle also led to new city legislation on how the city handles the sale of city property and what notices have to be given and the procedures that have to be followed.

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