Clair Enlow of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce wrote a nice article that sheds some much needed light on the Mayor’s proposed upzone of South Lake Union. LUOA has long maintained that any zoning changed should include a “step-down” to the lake — meaning that, as you move to the north from Denny toward Lake Union, the buildings become progressively smaller. The step-down has been a development model throughout Seattle and has been the model in SLU up to this point but, the current proposal strays from this. As Enlow states, SLU faces becoming “a vast stretch of sameness and mediocrity” and critics say the 240-foot towers on Valley St “would present a formidable barrier between the city and the lake.“
Also interesting is the topic of affordable housing and where that might fit into SLU — or not. Nina Shapiro provides some thoughtful perspective in this Seattle Weekly article.
Decisions from the City are coming very quickly on these issues — please make your voice heard!
- Do you support a step-down to Lake Union?
- Do you believe South Lake Union should be a place for affordable housing?