Here is the feedback from concerned members of the community who are outraged at these changes. Neighbors spoke of common themes including parking pressures, vacant buildings, transients. Concerns were specific to both renters and owners being forced out with higher property valuations driven by the rezoning in a declining economy with minimal retail demand in the middle-class area. Check out our live videos at the bottom of this article.
Direct Community Feedback to City of Seattle via “Post It’s”:
I do not want the cavern effect of sixty-five foot buildings on either side of Northwest 85th. I do not support Subarea3 rezone proposal.
Don’t built more if you haven’t ever been able to rent all the apartments above Mudbay. Empty spaces make things worse.
The University District’s Safeco Building is an eyesore because it does not fit in with its surroundings.
Concerned about significant and abrupt transition and impact to single family homes on south side of proposal. I do not support the Subarea3 proposal.
The 65 foot tall transition is too dramatic and would change the neighborhood. This does not fit into the area and will negatively impact Greenwood and the surrounding areas.
Advantages of development and “re-established connections” can occur within the existing 40 foot zone. I don’t support Subarea3 rezone proposal.
How does the 65 foot rezone promote pedestrial activity or safety. This can already happeh within the current forty-foot zone. Please maintain the current zone height.
There are plenty of empty spaces in this area as it stands. Tenants of the retail spaces are changing frequently because they can’t make a profit. Greenwood does not attract the people who can afford to rent space. The small nail salons will be bought out and not able to aford moving back into old “new” space.
Bullet #5 advantage: The existing slope to the south is not enough to mitigate effects of a six-story building for single story dwelling. This is a real, not “perceived” concern.
Changing the height and increasing density in this area would be workable…. but only if there are some restrictions on guidelines for the structures going in. Set back from the sidewalk with diversity of design and space so it doesn’t feel likel you are walking along a giant cinder block and you have good airflow and light through the area and taking into consideration the residential homes behind.
I like the idea of density with more shops and develping the street. But I’d like to see other options for this street like changing parking requirements.
Proposal will seriously increase parking space demand along NW 84th. Renters will not pay for a parking space. They will park in the surrounding area. NW 84th is already congested parking-wise.
High buildings at the storefront level are uninviting and intimidating.
The flair and character of Greenwood will be destroyed if we put six story buildings on the main strip.
There is already not enough parking on 84th street, a wall of multi-family-story buidlings will produce MORE traffic instead of reducing it.
Building six story buildings along 85th creates a cavern along 85th. This narrow strip would make it very difficult to build transitions from 85th or the backyards of the folks on 84th Street.
I am opposed to any height increase on the south side of 85th street. I live on 84th street and do not want to see tall narrow buildings out my front door.
Rezoning subarea 3 from 4 story to six story creates a wall between the single-family neighborhood and thye business district. Why is that a good idea?
It’s actually refreshing to look across the street from Fred Meyer or Bartells and see the rooftops of single family homes, try it sometime!
No to 65 foot. It is too contentious. Encourage development beyond this limited strip. If greenwood is the model for pedestrian oriented development then emulate it all along 85th.
Ridiculous – build as demand develops. This isn’t the Field of Dreams!!!
Oh Great, more traffic on 85th!!!
Dense high-rise housing is not an active community, it’s a rabbit warren. Mark park space, community space is needed and must balance the added housing.
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