An out-of-state developer is purchasing the site of the City People’s Garden store in Madison Valley to construct a mixed-use building of more than 165,000 square feet with 75 residential units and a parking garage with 157 spaces. This building will dominate the neighborhood, with impacts on traffic, pedestrian safety, green space, and noise. Despite the unpleasantness it describes, the group’s web site is beautiful and well-organized.
Seattle Fair Growth is trying to build a coalition of community groups to oppose “deterioration through further over-development” in Seattle. Their issues are: livability, adequate housing, concurrent infrastructure, open space, transportation, and public involvement in the planning process. (Disclosure: The editor of this blog is a member of the SFG Advisory Committee.)
Facebook alumnus Ethan Phelps-Goodman has created a mapping application that shows every development project in Seattle, with links to detailed information about the project. Some of the data is available for free to the public, and a deeper dataset is available to developers for a fee.
Separately from the mapping site, Phelps-Goodman weighed in on the housing issue in a 2014 column for The Urbanist, wherein he delivers a clear and somewhat nuanced version of the argument for massive development to accommodate new tech workers moving to the city. [We note editorially that new tech workers moving to the city (and receiving salaries higher than the area norm) are the root cause of our current ills. This issue should be front-and-center in the debate over HALA.]