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Request to DPD for Public Meeting on Talaris Site

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Petition to: Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle
Lindsay King, Lindsay.king@seattle.gov
Diane Sugimura, diane.sugimura@seattle.gov

RE: Project Number 3015404
As a member and/or supporter of the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC), I am concerned about Project No. 3015404 located at 4000 NE 41st Street, the Battelle/Talaris site. The proposal for this 18-acre site is to subdivide it into 82 parcels and seven tracts of land in an environmentally critical area, with demolition of all existing buildings and substantial grading of the site. A public meeting convened by DPD about this proposal is essential to facilitate public understanding of and comment on it. That meeting should be scheduled after the holidays, in January 2014, and should be arranged so that knowledgeable DPD staff persons are present to answer questions and take comments about the proposal.

I understand that section 23.76.015 A2 of the Seattle Land Use Code calls for such a meeting when the “the proposed development is of broad public significance." This clearly applies here. The Battelle/Talaris site is broadly recognized as a site of key significance to the City as demonstrated by the fact that the Landmarks Board recently unanimously designated the site and its buildings as a City landmark. Section 23.76.0153 A2 of the Seattle Land Use Code also calls for a public meeting when “ fifty or more persons file a written request “ for one. Therefore, this request should be added to the total requesting a meeting.

Thank you.

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