By Board of Directors, U District Small Businesses
Published on September 10th, 2019
Dear Mayor Durkan and Seattle City Council,
This weekend, both candidates for our Fourth District City Council seat, Shaun Scott and Alex Pedersen, co-signed the attached letter to the Mayor and City Council of Seattle, urging the suspension of plans to upzone the historic University Way NE, affectionately known as the Ave. Instead, the candidates say the City must first consider and implement measures to preserve the historic buildings, small businesses, and low income housing along the Ave.
For over half a decade, residents, community members, and small business owners have asked the City to carefully consider the impacts on residential and commercial displacement with the proposed rezone. Upon its adoption in February of 2017, when two-thirds of the U District was upzoned from 65’ up to 320’ high-rises, the Council pledged to work with our community to mitigate the impacts before considering a subsequent upzone to the Ave.
There remains substantial work to do on those promises, so we applaud these candidates for their bold leadership on an issue so central to our U District community and we remain committed to collaborate on strategies to balance the growth our City needs for tomorrow with the preservation of what makes our City great today.
Together, we can shape the U District into a showcase for how greater density can continue to be welcoming to all. We ask the Mayor and Council to work with us to save our legacy and minority-owned small businesses, historic buildings, and low cost housing.
Board of the U District Small Businesses
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