Late last month, the community group Future Queen Anne saw the city’s hearing examiner deny it’s appeal of the development proposal for the old Seattle Children’s Home site. Instead of appealing again, the group has decided not to continue its fight due to a lack of necessary resources.
For many months now, Future Queen Anne has raised concerns and fought the proposed development of the old Seattle Children’s Home site. The project is planned for development by Toll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based real estate company. The Future Queen Anne group has been concerned about the project due to its size, scope, and impact on the community’s infrastructure.
The group still has grounds for appeal, it just doesn’t have the resources to fight the multi-billion dollar corporation on the other side. “When we looked at filing to the next level,” Terri Johnston, a spokesperson for the group, told the Queen Anne News, “basically our resources are just out of scale with where they are.”
Although the fight will not continue, Future Queen Anne has made some successful strides in minimizing the negative effects of the development project. For example, Toll Brothers has committed to preserving a rare row of elm trees along 9th Ave West. The number of units to be built is also lower than the amount listed in the original plans, and there will be a public stairway to connect 9th and 10th Avenues to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
The group is still frustrated with the city’s apparent lack of proper assessment of neighborhoods when it comes to new developments. “Instead of seeing that the city is really guiding development and including public interests in one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S.,” Johnston said, “it seems that we’re acting like a frontier town without limits.”