In March 2020, permit application #3030811-LU was posted for public comment, and many of you and other interested members of the public submitted over 70 comment letters to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection (SDCI).

As part of examining the appropriateness and viability of this proposal, the SDCI has issued a Determination of Significance. This requires a SEPA review – an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The applicant is required to prepare a thorough analysis of three options:

  1. No development. Leave the property as is
  2. The proposed plan with the 67 parcels: 62 single-family homes, seven tracts, two historic buildings demolished, altering the landscape, restoring the wetland, and changing the use of several buildings.
  3. A third plan that includes at least one meaningful preservation option that retains the seven buildings and much of the landscape, which would have significantly fewer adverse impacts on the site.

The Next Step For Public Participation

There will be an EIS “scoping” public meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 4 p.m. The scoping determines what will be included in the EIS. Examples could include:

  • the preservation impacts on the buildings and landscaping
  • transportation impacts (how many more trips will be generated) and lack of Metro transit, the nearby intersection capacities
  • the soils and critical slope regarding potential slides and erosion,
    construction impact, including habitat disturbances and displacement, tree canopy reduction
  • nearby public school capacity,
  • changing uses that may not be compatible with surrounding homes.

Note that this site has underlying zoning of single-family homes on a 5,000 foot lot or use as an Institute for Advance Studies (as it is today).

Make sure to email or send your comments

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection
Attention: Public Resource Center
700 Fifth Ave, Suite 2000
P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Please include project #3030811-LU and your address in the comment letter for future notices.

The deadline for public comment is September 17, 2020, 4:45 p.m.