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Commercial zone bad for city, neighborhood
Our neighborhood, which is in unicorporated King County, has gotten hold of information regarding a request from Jerry Jackson, president of All American Associates/Coldwell Banker, on behalf of seven properties located at I-5 and South 320th Street, just east of the northeast interchange on-ramps. At this time, those properties are zoned office park and single-family high-density. Mr Jackson is requesting to change this zoning to freeway commercial.
Mr. Jackson states that the retail categories in which Federal Way is less competitive include auto sales, furniture, etc.; therefore, the possibility of zoning for this type of development would generate increased tax revenues for the city.
With this in mind, it seems that Federal Way would mimic Tacoma, Fife and the Tukwila area. With the large sums of money that has been spent on the overall renovation of Federal Way i.e., landscaping, sidewalks, legal signage, etc. why would we want 35 to 40-foot signs, large buildings and extra traffic clogging-up our city? Also, the area where they want to rezone sits right next to a residential area where this type of activity would be unacceptable. Property values of these homes would decrease dramatically, and the quality of life is at stake for all those involved. If a car dealership were to be put there, for example, the loudspeakers they use would be heard by the residents and the lighting would disturb our family life. Who in their right mind would buy real estate that borders with a huge commercial property?
We were not notified of this change, and this became apparent to us by accident. There is a public hearing to discuss this issue on April 7 at city hall.
CARLA La STELLA