Friends of Gas Works Park, a group that filed suit in King County Superior Court challenging the city's agreement with One Reel to move its concert series to Gas Works Park, are claiming victory. One Reel announced Tuesday its intention to cancel the Summer Nights series, which was to relocate to Gas Works Park this June.
Neighborhood activist Ben Schroeter says he e-mailed the lawsuit to 140 national booking agencies, which may have led bands to cancel appearances.
"This is just round one," says Schroeter, who wants to block One Reel's plans in Gas Works for summer 2007. THOMAS FRANCIS
When it comes to building taller, downtown developers are getting their wish from city hall. But it's not as easy in the neighborhoods. Judging by Monday's Greenwood Community Council meeting, however, that could change.
On the former site of the beloved Leilani Lanes, at 102nd Street, developer Mastro Properties plans a mix of retail shops and roughly 300 apartments; but the zoning code restricts the building to 40 feet. "This method of zoning encourages big, squat buildings," said council President Michael McGinn, who grumbled through the architect's presentation.
The council hopes Mastro will apply for a rezone—and then build taller, with more open plaza space at the ground level. THOMAS FRANCIS
State senators—Democrat Mary Margaret Haugen and Republican Brad Benson—proposed a bill that would slash car assessments and depreciate values much faster than the current schedule. While the bill may make car valuations fairer for car owners, it could have major revenue implications for agencies (like the proposed Regional Transportation Investment District) that lean heavily on car taxes for funding. ERICA C. BARNETT