Our neighborhood newspaper the Queen Anne News reported a couple of weeks ago that The Seattle Childrens Home location in Queen Anne is up for sale. What’s more, a potential buyer wants to make the property home to 66 townhomes.
The Seattle Childrens Home has been in Queen Anne since 1884, when it opened as a treatment center for children with mental health issues. The property has been for sale for a couple of months, and is the largest piece of available land on Queen Anne at the moment – at 2.5 acres. It was put up for sale since it became a part of Navos, a King County mental illness center last year. As soon as the property is sold, the Seattle Childrens Home will move to Navos’ Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center in Burien.
“The merger of all three gives us the opportunity to increase our community presence,” said Alice Braverman, Vice President of Development and Community Relations at Navos. She went on to say to the Queen Anne News that Navos is creating a center of excellence to affect the community positively.
Developer Toll Brothers has a plan to put 66 townhouses on the 2.5-acre property with three walkways throughout, which of course would greatly increase the density of the area. This is causing pause for the Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use Review Committee (LURC).
“I don’t know if we’re opposed to the density so much as the design. 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.
The Council’s LURC has submitted formal letters to the city’s Department of Planning and Development to air their concerns.
In addition to neighborhood council apprehensions, neighbors themselves seem concerned about the development for townhomes. Primarily, their issues are the increased traffic, safety fears, and loss of the existing trees in the area, which would result from the development.
Just thinking about the additional traffic that can come from this…it just feels there’s a lot more traffic impact in an area that’s already pretty congested to not have more thought [put into it],” said neighbor Sandra Nanney.
Nanney is part of the group Future Queen Anne, which is focused on pausing to step back and consider development decisions before they are finished with irreversible damages. “We’d be remiss not to consider this for the public,” Nanney said. “Because you’re not going to get another piece of land this big on the hill,” she said of the Seattle Children’s Home issue.
Featured photo from QueenAnneNews.com, by Sarah Radmer.