Tuesday, June 3, 2008

You Have Until 6/11 to Comment on the Christian Restoration Center

You have about a week left to make public comments about traffic, parking, and environmental issues related to the development at the Christian Restoration Center. There will be at least one more design review meeting later on, but this is your one and only shot at raising concerns specifically related to traffic, parking, and other environmental issues associated with this large-scale project.


Submit your comments here: http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/luib/Notice.aspx?BID=319&NID=8153.

From a neighbor's e-mail about the situation:

As some of you may have noticed, the white sign is up at the former Christian Restoration Center building on 15th Ave, indicating the start of the 14-day public comment period (you may have also gotten a letter from the Seattle Dept. of Planning and Development regarding this). Based on what the DPD project manager told me (see below), we have until June 11 to comment on traffic, parking, and environmental issues from the project. This is the public's only chance to do so. At the prior meeting in March, it was clear that many in the neighborhood, while pleased with the general direction of the project, are concerned about the potential traffic congestion and parking problems from such a large complex, particularly at the bottleneck turning off 15th Ave S onto S Oregon St. Please let the DPD know your opinions by going to the following DPD link: http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/luib/Notice.aspx?BID=319&NID=8153.

And here's the DPD's e-mail about it:

The process will proceed as follows (give or take!):

*Report of the meeting will be published and sent to all that attended the Early Design Guidance meeting, 3/11;
*The applicants will move forward to MUP stage and submit full plan sets and a design package that responds to the Board's guidance from the 3/11 meeting. A two week public comment period will open when the MUP application is accepted by DPD, which is when the public will have an opportunity to comment on traffic, parking, and environmental issues relative to the project. Notice of application will be posted on DPD LUIB website, and residents within 300 feet of the project will be mailed the notice and alerted that they may then comment on the proposal, http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Notices/Land_Use_Information_Bulletin/;
*The project will go to the Design Review Board once again (perhaps two more times, depending on the response to earlier guidance), and the public will have another chance to meet with the applicant and Board to see the progress of overall design;
*The Board will make final recommendations for the project and the applicant will be expected to address those recommendations;
*The entire process could take up to another 10 months or so, and as a recap will entail one public comment period and one more public meeting.

Feel free to stay in touch for status updates. I'm in the office M-F, 6:30-4:00 p.m., off every other M.


Catherine McCoy, Land Use Planner
Seattle Department of Planning and Development
700 5th Ave Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle WA 98124-4019

Phone: (206) 684-0532
Fax: (206) 233-7902


Here's one neighbor's review of the design meeting from a few months ago.

Here's a link to a Stranger blog post about the project.

And you should really check out this big long picture-filled PDF with architect plans for the space. You'll find sketches like this one, their "Scheme 2" proposal:



tlp said...

See also the recently published draft report from SDOT - I believe they have plans to modify that intersection. Comments due June 30, 2008 (sorry if this is a repeat - my first attempt didn't seem to work.)http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminder about this -- I need to get over there and speak my mind.

Also, re: your previous post -- I LOVE that coffee.

Anonymous said...

The top diagram almost makes me wish they'd leave it as-is and just get some businesses in there who CARE about the property! The front of the largest building looks like it was a supermarket at one point in time.

We have the coolest old drugstore here at Beacon/Columbian that's now the golf shop. The old signs are still there: "Fountain" and "Prescriptions" and a Coca-Cola logo. Makes me wonder what this neighborhood was like 40 years ago.