When will this human madness end? As I walk different alleys to try to find a safe place for my family and me, I just find more of the same. The proposed tower at 2nd & Virginia [#3033067] will hold 1,000 people in condos, hotel rooms, restaurants and offices yet it has no working loading berths and no space for trash collection on the alley. It will share the alley with two other recent developments with no loading facilities. Between the trucks that line the alley and drivers trying to access 461 parking stalls, a worker on the block calls this alley a "nightmare.”
And yet when my human friends attend the Design Review Meetings during Early Design Guidance (EDG) to deliver comments on the project's non-functional design, their serious concerns are often dismissed and the public is told to remain silent while the developer's attorney is allowed to interrupt Board deliberations to provide information on the developer's discussions with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) in a way that could easily be mistaken for an attempt to guide the board's decisions.
The stakes are high for everyone participating in the Design Review process. If developer attorneys are allowed to interject during Design Review Board decision making, everyone should have the right. From here in the alley, it looks like "the jury is rigged” and everyone in the room knows it.
If you agree, please voice your concerns to SDCI Director Nathan Torgelson: firstname.lastname@example.org.