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The future is now!

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?

Write to the Mayor!
Write to your Counsel Members!


LUOA’s Design Collaborative for SLU

DC 1Architect Jim Goodspeed, along with members of the South Lake Union community and LUOA have created a vision for some thoughtful design aspects that we feel should be considered and implemented in the planning and development of South Lake Union. This work has been shared with Seattle City Council members, local area developers, and other architects. For the most part, it has been well received and we hope for your support of these general concepts as the City works through the final stages of approving the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the neighborhood.

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