On Monday the new transfer station layout was settled on by the stakeholder group. While the design requires a rezone and moves operations closer to residential, if done correctly the new design can be an asset to the community. The “Concept C” design is shown here, with the outline of the current transfer station in red (click the picture to zoom it):
The numbered circles in the picture correspond to these Wallingford Community Council feedback points:
- The TS will be stacked over the tractor trailer yard to maximize TS setbacks to residential; the yard will be enclosed. Equipment, such as mechanical equipment, will not be located on the top of either the RR or TS buildings; solar panels may be located on the TS. We would also like to see an Education and Observation component integrated so the public and school field trips can observe the operations of the station and learn about the city’s efforts towards sustainability.
- The roof of the underground parking area must be accessible to the public and designed as part of a public park; the RR roof must be designed and maintained as a green roof, the north wall of the RR building should extend no more than 8-10’ above grade, and noise emissions from the RR building should be minimized.
- A public park will be developed and maintained at the Carr Place Parking lot. The design and primary uses of the park should be determined in consultation with a Stakeholder Group and immediate neighbors.
- Conditional on SDOT approval, the WCC asks that a 4 way stop and pedestrian crosswalk be installed at N 35th street and Woodlawn. This will help calm traffic around the 2 sections of the new park.
- Public green spaces that are marked as community amenities in the concepts will be developed and maintained; these spaces should promote a quiet and pleasant pedestrian experience along N. 35th Street and Woodlawn Avenue N.
- Traffic circles will be installed along N 36th Street at Interlake and Woodlawn.
- A highlighted crosswalk, warning light and curb bulbs be installed at N 34th Street and Woodlawn.
Additionally, the WCC asks for these assurances:
- Transfer Station (TS) and Reuse and Recycling (RR) building footprints and setbacks will conform to those specified in the selected concept, with setbacks to residential zones maximized.
- The height of the new building(s) will not exceed the height of existing buildings on the site and will conform to the heights noted in each concept, unless lower heights are deemed feasible.
- The buildings and their uses will not be expanded or extended on the existing IB and C2 properties in the future without providing additional environmental review and impact assessment.
- City and state code requirements and regulations placed on the existing IB and C2 parcels will run with the land, and be considered a minimum baseline for impact assessment, except where future zoning and environmental code regulations apply more stringent code requirements.
- SPU will limit allowable noise emissions from buildings and roadways developed on the existing C2 property to those allowed in the current commercial zone and will make every effort to abate TS & RR noise.
- SPU will provide on-going security, traffic and environmental monitoring and publish results to the public at least once each year. This monitoring should begin prior to the new transfer station being built, so as to establish a baseline for comparison. We are not prescribing the monitoring regimen – we ask that you come to the WCC or hold an open meeting where a proposed regimen can be reviewed.
- Station operating hours will not exceed current operating hours except in the case of a major disaster.
- We ask SPU to pursue changes to the existing zoning through a contract rezone. We have weighed the pros and cons of both a text amendment and a contract rezone and believe that the contract rezone offers the greatest protection for the community and the environment as the process moves forward.
Please give us your feedback on this design and the WCC feedback to it in the comments. More to come as we learn the details!