(Ed. Note: For background, the city has been planning for some time to rebuild the “transfer station” (aka “dump”) at 34th and Stone Way for some time. The most recent Wallyhood article on this was our Transfer Station Update in August 2009.)
Now that planning for the dump rebuild is about to begin in earnest, the stakeholder group is spinning back up for the first time in 9 months. The next meeting is this Thursday, from 6-8 PM at Nalanda West Center, 3902 Woodland Park Avenue N. It is open to the public.
This meeting should be a good one to familiarize yourself with what’s going on with the dump rebuild. Goals include stuff like this (pictures for illustration from SPU, not designs):
We had a few meetings covering this at the Wallingford Community Council over the last few years. Here’s my somewhat hazy recap that will hopefully avoid offending anyone…
Seattle Public Utilities and our community both wanted the dump moved to a lower density, more industrial, better configured area (e.g. near the rail line). Interlake was targeted as a preferred site but through some combination of political machinations the move was nixed and it was decided the dump would stay put. This issue still has a lot of people angry.
Next there was a big kerfuffle about whether an Environment Impact Statement was required before the rebuild. Through some combination of political machinations it was determined by the powers that be that the rebuild didn’t require one. Then things went to the courts and slowed stuff up for a couple years, and as far as I know Fremont is still appealing the decision. The Wallingford Community Council disengaged from the lawsuit after losing in the initial judgment. If you want to see the status of the neighborhood push for an EIS a good info site is here.
The goal of the working group is to have SPU and residents work together on mitigation. For both parties this is very much an arranged marriage, but if it’s to happen then it’s best that the community approaches these talks constructively and helps to define mitigations. You can see the working group info here. To familiarize yourself with the project overall, see the fact sheet. And if you’re interested in joining in with the overall kerfuffle, we’ll see you on Thursday!