If you’ve heard the buzz around the neighborhood, the Seattle Children’s Home location was up for sale a few weeks ago. In recent Queen Anne news, the Seattle Children’s home property has sold to the Toll Brothers – a developing company that plans to put 66 townhomes on the lot. Community members are resisting.
This sale has induced the Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use Review Committee into action. LURC had already shared concerns about the dense development plan with the community and the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.
“I don’t think our neighborhood necessarily needs more density. I don’t think we need to cover every square inch,” said Ellen Monrad, chair of the Queen Anne Community Council.
According to a King 5 news report about the sale and the community’s response, a group called “Future Queen Anne” and the neighbors of the lot are concerned about the traffic and overly dense development plan for the lot.
“It sets a precedent, a precedent not only for our neighborhoods, but many other neighborhoods,” said Dan Evans, founder of the group. “Again, how we manage growth in a smart way or in a way in which we run over neighborhoods and develop in a way that’s not consistent with community character.”
Future Queen Anne is currently collecting community signatures to request a stop to the development of the plan as it stands. The City’s planning board has not yet made any decisions regarding the project, and those decisions are a few weeks away.
Click below to watch the King 5 news report:
If you want to be a part of the movement to advocate smart development and growth in Queen Anne, ‘like’ the Future Queen Anne group on Facebook. Click here to sign the petition to stop this plan for 66 townhomes on the old Seattle Children’s Home site.
Featured photo from King5.com.