There are a number of neighbors concerned about a potential rezone to height limits on new construction in the Rainier Valley. On the Columbia City Facebook page, one neighbor posted the link to this petition, which goes into details about the current 65-foot restriction and what’s being proposed:
We do not need a building twice that high just down the street. We urge you to vote against the proposed 125 foot rezone for Rainier and McClellan. 65 feet is tall enough.
In addition, there’s a lot of good, related discussion on the Columbia City Facebook page connecting the discussion of height restrictions to Columbia City and the historic district directly. Both the petition and the Facebook discussion are generating a lot of comments that are worth diving into.
Update: A Columbia City Source reader rightly pointed out that there’s more to this story than this one petition posted above. As he explains in the comments:
FYI: There is also a petition to support the rezone
The best discussion on this topic is not on the Columbia City Facebook page nor the petition links. It’s at Nextdoor.com, another neighborhood social media website.
Be sure to take a close look at the comments (and the links provided) to find out more details, explore some renderings, and get multiple sides to the issue.