12-Story Buildings in the Rainier Valley?

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:

logo-1We 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.

 

2 thoughts on “12-Story Buildings in the Rainier Valley?

  1. lewischang says:

    FYI: There is also a petition to support the rezone (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-the-north-rainier-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. Below is one excerpt from the architect Rob Harrison (who is in favor of the rezone).

    “There has been a lot of lively discussion around the Mt. Baker Station Area Rezone. It’s great to see lots of folks actively engaged in considering the future of my neighborhood. (Even though I don’t agree with everyone!) Since a lot of the comments have turned around the merits of the proposal to allow 125′ height limit on parts of the Lowes site, I thought it might be good for everyone to see a rendering of how that might play out in the future development of the area. This page is from the 2010 report, so aspects of the plan may have changed since then, but the general idea remains the same AFAIK. Here’s a link to the full report:http://seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/dpds021382.pdf

    On the page I’ve attached you’ll see renderings of the likely build-outs of the Existing Zoning, Concept A (with selective increase to 85′) and Concept B (with selective increase to 85′ and 125′).”

  2. Thanks for the info! I am going to go ahead and update the main post with some of the info you provided.

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