Laurelhurst Community Club
Stephanie Haines, Senior Land Use Planner
Department of Design, Construction and Land Use
City of Seattle
7000 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, Washington 98104
Re: Project #2104047, Proposed Expansion on the Battelle Property
Dear Ms. Haines:
The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees offers the following preliminary comments on the environmental impacts and issues that should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed expansion on the Battelle property. These comments supplement analyses and other comments that will be provided by legal, land use and transportation consultants.
Wetlands: Approximately 5.7 acres of the Battelle property are designated wetlands on City engineering maps. This area is located in the south half of the property that is bounded on the west by 38th Avenue, on the south by Northeast 41st Street and is south of Northeast 45th Street and west of 42nd Avenue Northeast. The 1992 Environmentally Critical Area Folio also designates a portion of the Battelle property as a wetland. The applicant's topographic survey includes the presence of some wetlands, however, no analysis or discussion is included.
We request a wetlands delineation be prepared according to local, state and federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to the following:
Although not required, we hope that the applicant will welcome participation in the wetlands study by the Laurelhurst Community Club and the Center for Urban Horticulture.
Parking Requirements: The Battelle property is governed by a 1991 Settlement Agreement, an Agreement that runs with the land to the new property owners. The Agreement, among other things, sets forth the limits of expansion on the property and the parking requirements. We request strict adherence to the parking requirements set forth in the 1991 Agreement and oppose any kind of Administrative Conditional Use Permit to reduce parking that should be provided. In addition to the no action alternative in the Environmental Impact Statement, the EIS should include two other options that adhere to the parking requirements of the Settlement Agreement.
Height, Bulk and Scale: We have concerns about the height, bulk and scale of both phases of expansion on the property. We ask that the applicant explore options to reduce the adverse consequences of buildings of the magnitude proposed during its preparation of the EIS.
Mitigation: DCLU's land use planners and transportation engineers will develop a list of mitigation measures for this project. The Laurelhurst Community Club asks that included in this list should be a requirement that the applicant construct a sidewalk and any necessary drainage along the southern border of the property on 41st Street connecting existing sidewalks. Increased traffic due to the proposed expansion warrant this much needed pedestrian safety improvement.
Process Issues: The public notice about this meeting indicates that one permit is sought to cover Phase I and II of project development. We ask that a separate permit be required for Phase II development. Not only is this project enormous, development will extend over a multi-year period. It makes sense to us that a separate permit for Phase II be required and that our neighbors be afforded an opportunity to comment on that application.
Thank you for considering the comments of the Laurelhurst Community Club. We will be submitting additional comments prior to the October 2nd comment deadline.
Jeannie Hale, President
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
525-5135 / FAX 525-9631