LETTER: Planning Commission ‘not looking to change’ number of condos or apartments

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The discussion on the blog, concerning apartments in Downtown, made it seem like the city wanted to increase the number of condos or apartments in Downtown Burien.

The planning commission went over the zoning for the Downtown area. They are not looking to change how many condos or apartments may be built in the downtown area including Town Square. They looked at getting rid of some of the requirements that make it hard to built in downtown or redevelop in the downtown area. Specifically, they would change the amount of recreation space required in any apartment or condo built in the downtown area, so it is easier to build. Basically, reduce the number and size of balconies. Here is a link that will let you stream the meeting: http://www.burienmedia.org/default.aspx If you start the video and clink on old business you can see what they are talking about.

There was no discussion on changing the number of units allowed in the downtown area. But a developer may build to what is allowed in the zoning. Remember under state law the City must have zoning to allow for more living units in the City limits, it is better to have it in downtown than having multi-family in the current single family areas or reducing the lot sizes in Burien.

There of course was some discussion on how the changes would impact the Legacy Group, who is looking at building in Town Square. They are looking at rent of $1.85 per square feet for these apartments.

I did not watch public comments, but rather what the planning commission was deciding on.

– Ed Dacy

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One Response to “LETTER: Planning Commission ‘not looking to change’ number of condos or apartments”
  1. John Poitras says:

    If rezoning is passed by the council at the Sept 16th meeting Burien Town Square will have the lowest standard of zoning requirements for housing in South King County.
    This decision should not be based on what is best for the developer (Legacy) the decision should be based on what is best for the future of down town Burien> People before special interests is what good city gov’t is supposed to be about.
    I don’t like the idea of building anymore housing in Town Square at all, because we really need something that will actually attract people to visit DownTown Burien but if we have to build housing then it should definitely be at least the same quality of the condo’s that are currently there now. Lowering the zoning so the developer can build lower quality apartments is NOT in the best interests of the future of down town Burien.

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