Development, Transportation

TUESDAY: Community Meeting to Discuss Controversial North Rainier Redevelopment Plans

The community is invited to join the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club (4916 S. Angeline) at 7 pm this Tues., June 21, for a panel discussion on the City’s controversial plans to redevelop the Mt. Baker Station Area. From the organizers:

The “bow-tie” traffic redesign, making Martin Luther King northbound only in parts, and Rainier Avenue southbound only in parts, will have a huge impact on all of us, regardless of our preferred mode of transportation. We have invited Principal Urban Designer Lyle Bicknell of DPD to our meeting to explain it to us, so we can understand how it will reduce traffic congestion. City mandated outreach didn’t make it to the neighborhoods, so we asked him to come to us.

Also, Allison Schwartz of SDOT has been studying parking patterns in Columbia City since light rail began running, and has listened to Columbia City businesses about how the lack of available parking has impacted their businesses – not only for their customers but for their employees. She’ll let us know what plans there are for change, and you can let her know what you think.

Brian Dougherty of SDOT asked to speak to us so he could explain what traffic calming methods were coming our way, and what bicycle lanes were being added.

Finally, we invited a member of the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee to attend, and we have co-chair Kate Joncas on the panel.

A diagram of the community from the North Rainier Neighborhood Plan Update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.


12 comments on “TUESDAY: Community Meeting to Discuss Controversial North Rainier Redevelopment Plans

  1. Calling a proposal “controversial” does not make it so, and nothing in the article demonstrates controversy.

    How about – who are the neighborhood interests proposing this project and what are the benefits to the neighborhood? This appears to be a project thought up by folks who don’t live in the neighborhood, and do not expect to receive (or provide) any benefits.

    Also, why is the meeting site so far from the project site?

  2. Leave it to the city to schedule two crucial meetings for the same time!
    Divide and concur is their motto! The North Rainier Traffic Plan has been hashed and hashed, with the exception of a few, the community is
    is not in favor. We have made multiple requests, for safety sake, to remove the three parking spaces just passed Jumbo’s on Rainier Ave. and it has been ignored, they are the only parking spaces on Rainier north of Genesee to downtown! We also have the Town Hall with the Mayor and the Superintendent at South Shore. When will we get good service in SE!

  3. The Lakewood Seward Park Community Club hosts community meetings every other month. Our first choice for our June meeting was the Interim Schools Superintendent – she would not attend but was willing to send some other school district executives. Then we learned that the Mayor was planning a visit to our neighborhood, so we asked him to come to the meeting on a Tuesday night, instead of his usual weekend visit, and he said no. So we set up the Transportation meeting instead. Believe me, I was very upset to see that the Mayor and Schools Superintendent all of a sudden available on Tuesday, June 21st. Both are important meetings. I think ours starts later so hope to see you all at both!

  4. Do not let the city snow you anymore! Make your voice heard since it is an election year. No benefits for the screwy traffic plan they propose since we will suffer with upticks in traffic to the side streets and do not get more traffic calming or police given their wants to increase density and height. Do you think it is easy for the police and the South Seattle Cop to get felons in big apt buildings? The SDOT and the City Planner people need to be updated.

  5. SAM, you said it! I fear, though, that the city – the mayor and the council – has the money for the “screwy traffic plan”, as you dubbed it, already earmarked either hidden in the budget or as part of one of the many initiatives and referendums that voters blindly pass on the blind faith that our interests are best represented. The council will blow millions of dollars on this bow-tie traffic plan before spending money to repair potholes and sinkholes in the city. They’re from the city, they’re here to help.

  6. The city should take the dollars that they want to spend on a bow tie, bike box lanes and direct this to the libraries and parks, community centers since they are doing a survey to propose cuts right now. The city planners should be required to live here if they want to tinker with our space. The meetings should record all people to state any potential connections to the projects.

  7. Tuesday’s meeting better have a good format – an MC, a notetaker and timekeeper so the meeting stays on track!

  8. Hello!! Excuse me, but isn’t a bow-tie a knot? Why would we want that kind of traffic pattern? I agree with SAM – these city “planning” dolts should be required to live in the neighborhood before proposing any “improvements”. This is bullshit.

  9. The traffic on Rainier sucks. I’m all for trying something new, cause doing nothing isn’t helping any. If conditions worsen they can always turn it back.

  10. The plan on Rainier and MLK as currently proposed will drop the traffic grade from a barely passing C to an F for fail. And crossing times at McClellan will increase significantly. Just another way to keep people from visiting the Valley, and a huge push toward alternate modes of transportation. Hope the city listens that there are still reasons people drive cars. Public transportation hasn’t changed the climate or removed the hills that make it difficult for everyone to walk, bike, ride. Those that can, great. Those that can’t better speak up or traffic will get so bad, we’ll all grow our own food, homeschool our kids, and cyber commute. Who needs other people anyway?

  11. I just heard that there is another meeting about the proposed changes next the Mt Baker area this Thursday at 7pm at the Mount Baker Community Club on zoning and design guidelines from the City.

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