The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Board President Pene Karovsky.
21 community members signed in and will be added to our email list. Brandon Macz representing the Madison Park Times attended. An article about this meeting can be read in the on-line version of the paper
General announcements. Community members are encouraged to attend our next meeting on November 13. A training on home disaster preparedness is on the agenda. Volunteers are needed to work on our neighborhood disaster readiness plan.
The Community Council website is being revamped and should be up and running in the near future.
The meeting was turned over to our invited speaker Melissa Stoker from Save Madison Valley. She gave an overview of the process to appeal the City of Seattle’s decision to grant a Master Use Permit to the Developer, Velmeir for 2925 E Madison (the City People’s site). The appeal was timely filed 14 days after the MUP was granted. The appeal is against the city for not following their own guidelines and State Environmental Protection rules concerning tree canopy, height and bulk of project out of proportion to neighborhood, slope, water issues, traffic and other concerns raised by the community during the four Design Review meetings.
A formal hearing will be held between December 10 and 14 to hear the appeal and consider arguments, testimony and documents submitted by both parties. The hearing is open to the public. Details can be found at SMV’s web site .
There was opportunity for questions and answers from the community for Melissa about the appeal process, concerns about the scope of the project and its impacts on our neighborhood and possible next steps depending on how the outcome of the hearing. Community members were encouraged by SMV to contribute funds for the appeal to help with legal costs and expert witness costs.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm. Minutes submitted by Board Secretary Diane Zahn
At our February community meeting, we heard from several groups involved with changes to our neighborhood. First, Alison and Jose from City People's gave us an update on the future of their store. The highlights:Their existing lease goes through June, then they go month to month after that. They'd prefer to stay until end of the year.The master use permit for the PCC development is almost done. When it's finished, there will be a 14 day period allowed for appeals. Alison and Jose will probably lease a new space, but can't afford to buy.
Next, Melissa Stoker gave us an update on Save Madison Valley's work. In March, it will have been two years since the announcement of City People's leaving. Save Madison Valley (SMV) got involved during the design review process for the proposed new development, engaging with the city, the architect, and the community. The design review board ultimately gave the green light to the new development in September. The developer and the architect are working with the city on 'correction notices that resulted from the design review process. Everyone is currently waiting for the city to issue the master use permit for the new development. When it is issued, SMV will issue an appeal. SMV is currently working with consultants to address specific concerns in that appeal.
SMV's relationship with the developer and the architect is over. The appeal is with the city only. A hearing examiner will issue decisions on the appeal on a point-by-point basis. Representatives from the city's Design Review Board and representatives for the architect of the new development were also invited to speak at the meeting. The Design Review Board was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict. We did not receive a response from the architect.
Next, David Ward from Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity (SCALE) gave us some information on his group and how they are working with neighborhood groups around Seattle to address concerns about the city's Mandatory Housing Affordability Residential (MHA) Project. SCALE is working on an appeal to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that is included as part of the MHA project. SCALE's goals are: