Curious to see what the City is proposing for our neighbors to the East?
University District Urban Design Draft Zoning Proposal Open House
When: Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6 – 8pm
Location: Neptune Theater (1303 NE 45th Street)
The University District is one of the first neighborhoods planned for upzoning since the City has been working on a plan for the University District for the last four years. The areas that are proposed for significant height increases are within the area roughly from NE 50th Street to the Ship Canal and from I-5 to 15th Avenue NE at the University of Washington‘s main campus (the University of Washington has its own separate institutional overlay plan for its west campus). The majority of this area is currently zoned 45-65 feet tall with a few exceptions. There are three high rises: the first two were built in the early 1970’s (the University Tower at 325 feet, and University Plaza Condominiums at 225 feet). The 75-year old former Meany Hotel, now called the Hotel Deca, tops out at 16 stories.
The University District is Wallingford’s next door neighbor. Now cross over I-5 and the City is proposing zoning for towers up to 320 feet in the core of the University District. Another virtual Downtown. Pretty much erasing the University District as we know it to make room for another hub tied to the University of Washington. A recent meeting hosted by several University District neighborhood groups discussed significant issues related to the proposed upzones with an overflow crowd of over 220 concerned citizens. Public comments were taken from a diverse audience that included renters, homeowners, homeless, LGBT, business owners, artists, and concerned citizens from neighborhoods around the city. The vast majority of those who spoke opposed the upzones. People expressed worries about losing trees, protection for homeless shelters, the arts, and losing the overall character of the University District.
This is one of the first neighborhoods the City proposes to upzone and it will set a precedent. If you would like to know more about the City’s plan, please attend the City’s open house meeting on the 31st and let City officials know how you feel.
OPCD will take public comment on the draft zoning proposal until June 24, 2016. To make public comment please email: [email protected]
Also consider contacting the City Council: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
To contact the Mayor: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor