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An open letter to the city and school district | Letter
I just wish to express yet again how inappropriate this development is for Federal Way. Yes, we want positive growth for our city. Yes, we want a vibrant downtown core. We also wish to retain the character of our existing community - as is stated in the city plan.
How do five- and six-story apartment/multi-use buildings fit in with a neighborhood of predominantly one-story private homes? There are a few two-story residences and the condos that immediately adjoin the property, but four-stories, let alone six, seems like a quantum jump with very little concern for keeping the neighborhood “flavor” intact.
Please consider other options for this property. Our traffic on 320th has already deteriorated in the last month or so with the adjustment to the traffic lights at 11th Place South and 8th Ave South. I loathe the day when there are 300+/- more commuters trying to get to their apartment homes with only one road in or out - onto 320th at 11th Place South.
Now with the most recent approval letter (issued June 4, 2014), the developer is pursuing all sorts of “modifications” to his original plan that on paper benefit only the builder and proposed buildings, not the existing neighborhood.
The privacy and security concerns of the current residents - many of whom have lived 40 or more years there - are being largely ignored by the developer. The pedestrian access to 13th Ave South is unsupported by the homeowners as well as the future “cut-through” road to the alley in back of Best Buy, Joann Fabrics, H-Mart, etc.
Will the city simply declare eminent domain and take the two homes from long-term residents to push the new road through? That hardly seems like “preserving existing neighborhood [as] an important community value in Federal Way.”
Please reconsider the proposed monstrosity slated for this property.
Laura Johnson, Federal Way