Public meeting set for controversial project slated for Fremont Ave.

We’ve covered LOTS of new developments over the years, and a high-density apartment proposal (.pdf) along Fremont Ave. is one of the most controversial we’ve seen. The city has received enough petition signatures to schedule a public hearing for later this month — a rather rare occurrence.

We first reported on the 3-story, 32-unit apartment proposal for 3959 Fremont Ave. N — across from BF Day School — back in February. Neighbors deluged the city in letters and petition signatures, created a blog and landed a opinion piece in the Seattle Times.

Since then, the developer has made some revisions — such as keeping and improving the pedestrian stairway from Fremont Ave. — but neighbors say their primary concern has yet to be met. Since the property is elevated above Fremont Ave., the entrance is positioned in the residential alleyway behind the apartment. Neighbors are concerned about the increase in traffic in the alley, especially in such close proximity to the school.

Here’s a view of the alley from Google street view a few years ago:

The city has set a hearing for June 26th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 202.

“Let’s plan to converge on this meeting in force to give the city an earful,” explains the Friends of Upper Fremont blog. “Now the city is going to have to listen to what we have to say.”


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Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

“Now the city is going to have to listen to what we have to say.”

LOLOLOLOLOLOL. You can’t make this stuff up. Humor gold!

Joyce
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Joyce

The City listened in Crown Hill. We stopped them from removing the pedestrian overpass on Holman Road at just such a meeting.
Your cynical viewpoint underestimates the power of a motivated electorate.

Philip
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Philip

“The developer is stubbornly refusing to put the primary entrance facing Fremont Ave N. because he understands, that for an apartment of this size, a Fremont Ave N. facing primary entrance would likely force him to install an elevator to provide access to the disabled from Fremont Ave N. to the building. Let’s try to make him put in that elevator by insisting that the primary accessible entry must be from Fremont Ave N.!”

Congratulations Fremont NIMBYS for making housing more expensive! Bravo!

Steve
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Steve

I lived on the corner of 39th for years and it’s a shame to see what is happening to the once quircky and eclectic neighborhood

Simple Simon
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Simple Simon

“quircky and eclectic” = White people who think they’re creative because of flying spaghetti monster.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Certainly the Solstice Parade has become stale. Same old thing year after year.

Joyce
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Joyce

Next year, get naked and ride a bicycle. Unless, you’ve already been doing that. Then you just need to find a new thing.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Naked people…..yawn.

Peter
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Peter

Wow. That didn’t take long before someone brought race into the picture. Thanks for the contribution to the conversation. Slow clap.

Peter Kropotkin
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Peter Kropotkin

everybody should go back where they came from