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This decision will be forever
I would like to comment on the front-page story of Oct. 29, Transit center decision stands). This is an important story because the decision the City Council is about to make is one of those forever decisions. If the council follows through with their plan, we will have forever an off-ramp at 317th. We will probably have forever a five-level parking garage. And, it is quite possible that we will have forever both greater noise and air pollution in our core business area.
What is sad about the transit center hearing review is that instead of this council deciding upon the better of two plans, they were instead forced to defend the findings of a hearing examiner. And what I find even worse than sad is that a business group that has offered a superior plan has had to take legal action to even get it heard by the council.
In their summary statement, most council members expressed concerns and misgivings about how we got to this point. Councilman Eric Faison, who is often considered part of the councils present majority, admitted that the alternative plan was possibly superior, but too late in coming to change the councils direction. His statement was that the present plan is not horrible enough for him not to vote for it.
Considering the importance of this decision, it greatly bothers me that anyone would accept it while measuring it in degrees of how horrible it might be.
It appears the final vote and site selection is set for Nov. 18. As of now, the freeway ramp has not been built and the parking garage with five levels does not yet exist. The question the council should be pondering is this: Are they making the right decision? Because for the citizens of Federal Way, it is one of those forever ones.