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.

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