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Is that fancy-wordplay for "stage"?
This is great...now people can move their businesses away from down town.
2. building height is only marginally related to breathing space.
3. for nicer development, work to increase (a) the distance between building fa ades, (b) the sidewalk width, and (c) the amenitization of the space between the buildings. A 80 story building rising straight up next to a 5 foot wide sidewalk is ugly; so is a 4 story or 6 story building rising straight up. Just getting 5 more eet of setback though, pushing open the public space, that's what makes it all more livable. that's how density coexists with livability. just filling up building envelopes everywhere with the IKEA (TM) BILLY MODEL MIXED USE BUILDING MODULES that all look the same, is a good way to make seattle more ugly.
After you establish a bigger setback, then you turn to sculpting the space in the setbacks and the corners and making little fountains or curvy paths (like the sidewalks in waikiki) or cut off corners to have a radial swoop in the building or a little curved driveway that provides some space that is neither "Street" nor "building" not "hello, I am a squashed 3 foot wide sidewalk that now has a 115 unit building next to me". The beautiful side of things just does not happen if all you argue about is building height. Pay more attention to the spaces BETWEEN the buildings.
I was at the public hearing on this a few weeks ago, and all but one of the people testifying were FOR the neighborhood-wide rezones. Please don't characterize all Beacon Hillers as NIMBYS or obstructionist. Yes, it's too bad that City processes are so arcane that one appeal hung it up for so long, but you can fault the City for that, not the neighborhood.
No, siree! Skinny sidewalks and 4-to-6-story buildings directly abutting them can never make for pleasant, attractive, airy, desirable urban environments!
What this city where it rains most of the year desperately needs is open space devoid even of tree cover, and for everything to be as far as humanly possible from everything else!!
Well, consider The Station at Othello.
Do you consider:
Studio 1.0 408 - 523 $753 - $1,040
1 bed 1.0 577 - 662 $871 - $1,376
2 beds 1.0 759 $1,198 - $1,806
My prediction is 20 years from now Beacon Hill, Columbia city, MLK will all be upper middle class neighborhoods.
The appeal was part of a blatant attempt to stall development at all three of the ST stations undergoing Neighborhood Plan Updates--NOT a reflection of Beacon Hill community sentiment.
I'm disappointed there are parking lots right now, but I'm confident they're temporary.
@18 Some of the lots are privately owned by a family that isn't responding to offers.