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We, the petitioners, support the applicant's request for a zoning change at 239 Grandview Ave. (the Kent building). Here is our position:

1. Any development of said property will likely require zoning accommodation of some kind. Thus, in order to rectify the problems associated with property vacancy - mounting blight, rodent infestation, diminished property values, etc. - the Bellevue Planning and Zoning Commission will need to take positive and proactive action.

2. Concerns about "spot zoning" are ill founded and not supported by the recently adopted Tax Increment Finance district that considers 239 Grandview contiguous with other properties that are similarly oriented in location and (potential) use. The decision to not change the zoning of adjacent properties, or include that consideration in the matter currently in front of the commission, was made by the zoning administrator, so assertions of spot zoning are not reflective of the universe of possibilities for the consideration at hand.

3. Changing the zone from T5 to T5.5 does NOT remove any zoning mandates per parking and other public safety regulations.

Signed and presented to the Bellevue Planning and Zoning Commission.

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