West Seattle development followup: Rowhouse-project neighbors will get their meeting

(WSB photo of proposed rowhouse site, April 2013)
“Rowhouses” are a hot development trend right now, under construction and/or on the drawing boards for at least half a dozen West Seattle sites. Three weeks ago, we reported on a petition drive launched by neighbors of a proposal for four three-story rowhouses at 2414 55th SW in Alki. They had learned that, although the project did not hit the threshold for a mandatory public meeting of any kind (such as Design Review), if they gathered at least 50 signatures requesting one, the city would consider it. Neighbor Marie McKinsey says she heard back from the city Monday afternoon:

This is from Tami Garrett, the DPD planner in charge of this project: “DPD will facilitate a public meeting. The purpose of this meeting will be for Staff to provide an overview of the proposed project and for the public to provide comments about the proposal in person. The meeting date, location and time hasn’t been confirmed yet. It’s my understanding that the parties of record will be sent written notice of the date, time and location. Neighbors within close proximity of the proposal site, petition signers, and public commenters are considered part of this group.

McKinsey says Garrett also indicated it could take a month or more to schedule that meeting. (The neighbors’ reasons for requesting one were detailed in our previous story.)

5 Replies to "West Seattle development followup: Rowhouse-project neighbors will get their meeting"

  • SteveP May 21, 2013 (10:51 am)

    We don’t need higher density in historically Single-Family residential neighborhoods! I moved to WS from Madison Valley/East Capital Hill 12 years ago as I was unhappy with the increased density and all of the “skinny houses” being crammed onto Single Family lots. The same is now happening here with the city’s blessing and encouragement. Traffic is only getting worse…and say goodbye to your parking on streets that see this happening. Fight it if you can, 55th SW!

  • enough May 21, 2013 (12:05 pm)

    I agree Steve.

  • pdh May 22, 2013 (2:55 pm)

    Video the meeting. You may need it To keep the DPD honest.

  • Dale May 22, 2013 (7:57 pm)

    If less parking and skinny housing is what you’re afraid of, why not move to the burbs? I think you’re pretty safe there. Meanwhile, let’s get more people (and the resources, creativity, businesses, and diversity they bring) in our great and growing city. Even if that means taking the bus or cycling a little more often. Parking’s a lot less of an issue from that view.

  • Lou May 22, 2013 (10:49 pm)

    Dale this is the burbs. Let’s keep it that way.

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