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City seeks advisory committee for Webster School zoning recommendations

Posted by Meghan Walker on September 13th, 2017

The city is looking for community members to help advise on the upcoming renovation and reopening of Webster School. Currently housing the Nordic Heritage Museum, the historic Webster School (3014 NW 67th St) is slated for reopening in 2018, as the museum will be moving into its new location on NW Market St.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is putting together an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications needed for the renovation and addition to the school.

From the department:

The Seattle School District is requesting modifications (known as a “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for the renovation and addition to the Webster School located at 3014 NW 67th Street. The modifications requested are:

1) Greater than allowed lot coverage

2) Greater than allowed building height

3) Covered play setback for noise

4) On-street bus loading and unloading

5) Reduced on-site parking

Committee members will be expected to participate in up to three public meetings at Webster School over a three-month time period. The meetings will include briefings from the Seattle School District, and will evaluate public comments regarding the renovation. After the meetings, the committee will recommend to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications to the zoning. SDCI will make the final decision.

According to the department, ideal committee applicants are neighbors who live or own a business within 600 feet of Webster School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of potential Webster School students. Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by either email or regular mail to: Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649 or email: Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 2.

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