I live in this neighborhood that the High Point project is going to impact very negatively.
I have lived here for over 20 years. Putting a six-story building in an older neighborhood of one-story homes was a ridiculous idea. The statements being made that this will not impact our already-crowded schools or our privacy and safety, including those who choose to live in those apartments, are sadly mistaken or misinformed.
On a personal note, I have worked years creating a peaceful and serene backyard that I can enjoy and relax in after working all day. The project will remove all of the trees that used to be an asset to the community as well as part of our mission statement when we decided to stand alone and become a city.
The traffic impact alone on one of the busiest streets in Federal Way was stated as minimal. Really? Can anyone that lives in Federal Way believe that these units and retail are not going to impact an already over used highway?
I will be heartbroken to have to sell my home if what I believe to be our future comes to fruition with this project. I have researched online and found numerous negative comments and editorials as to the integrity of the projects and the longevity of the structures.
There are many pictures of the before and now of these projects done by Devco. I truly believe that within five years this will look more like a rundown tenement building than the pictures of pristine grounds and smiling people that we have been shown in the meetings.
I understand to be healthy you need growth and change, but I also believe we must look deeply at the impacts of all as well as the long term impact of this project. I can think of many things that would fit the neighborhood and location in a much more positive way than squeezing a large complex into a small piece of land.
Karen Bitz, Federal Way