LETTER: ‘Would Burien Consider a Resident Incentive Program?’
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Burien has a unique, favorable geographical location that caters to a very premium, high quality neighborhood which could be as nice or nicer than Normandy Park or comparable “higher class” neighborhoods. However, the only thing lacking is residents being able to maintain their properties, keep their yards tidy, houses painted, and most importantly, areas along the road neat and tidy. The area does not have sidewalks which make this difficult; however Normandy Park residents rallied to the idea of planting grass right up to the edge of the road. The result yields much higher average home value and much less riff raff residents.
As an owner of the house on SW 149th Street, one can say from experience that transforming a house from a White Center dump to a quality, tidy clean home is a lot easier than people think! It just takes incentive.
What we wondered is:
- Would Burien consider a resident incentive program, where participating stores (e.g. miller paint, ace hardware) offer an incentive, and the city of Burien offer tax or other incentives to residents who can provide valid, legitimate evidence (receipts and photos) of cosmetic appearance improvement?
This would also be a local stimulus package, as well as raised home values, justification for raising of property taxes, and overall a raised standard of excellence, and hopefully inspire the residents of the area to look after their properties more. Areas like Bellevue and Kirkland are nice because they have higher standards, and we need to commit to a culture of continuous improvement, which will take effort but it is worthwhile.
Also if commercial business could be required to maintain some level of cosmetic decency. Increased tree planting to shield unsightly commercial locations might be easier.
Could residents to rally and send an email? Sort of an “email petition”!
Thanks for working to make Seahurst a better place!!
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