LETTER: ‘Minimum 400 plus Apartment units coming to our Town Square…’
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City Planning Commission Meeting thoughts;
Hello, my name is Robert Richmond, I am concerned citizen of Burien. Having recently been to a City Planners Commission meeting, I thought it was my civic duty as a Real Estate Agent to advise you of the upcoming Zoning Code changes the City Council is about to vote YES on. There are going to be at the minimum 400 plus Apartment units coming to our Town Square.
I am concerned about this for 2 reasons:
- A thriving “Downtown Community” in my professional opinion, consist of not just retail but non retail business, restaurants, shops and green spaces. Which this zoning change would not accomplish.
- The economic impact of down grading our commercial core should not go unnoticed. There are other options/locations to our commercial core; (i.e. 160th and Ambaum is avail, 1st ave and 138th can be avail, 4th Ave S and 138th should be looked into as well). If we want to be creative why not combine a new Community Center into any project coming down the road?
Again I am not against the upcoming projects. What i question is the logic behind the location of the projects coming. I for one will be paying attention when our elections come around to see which council members are going to vote once again for “if you build it they will come.” A quote from a Commissioner at the last meeting was “I believe it’s been 20-25 yrs since anyone on this Commission last lived in an apartment.” They want to build 750-1100 sq ft Apartments, with “juliet” sized decks. They have already voted like this once for the Condo development in the town square and its just now 65% full, it was built in 2008 with 140 plus units.
They are going to vote YES on this change, that’s a fact of life with this council. So I say lets all pay attention to these projects because when Burien’s Apartment vacancies are at the highest in the region. And when we as a city are sitting on 300 plus empty, brand new apartment units, we will see which council member back tracks on their vote and then blames the “economy”, as was mentioned at the B-Town Blog debate this summer.
I have a feeling that they all will run from their vote to make this zoning change, just like they all ran from their annexation vote!
Thank you for your time,
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