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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

City Council reaches consensus on fee for South Lake Union developers

South Lake Union residents deserve more say

South Lake Union is one of the busiest areas in the city, which creates extra pressure on city officials to ensure there is a balance between affordable living space and bonus space.

The Seattle City Council has come up with a solid proposal to encourage developers to build affordable housing [“City Council in agreement on developer housing fees,” NWSaturday, April 20]. I believe the ideas presented by the council are good solutions to the problem at hand.

One flaw in Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s plan is that citizens living in South Lake Union have little to no say about the details of these limitations. While the plan solves the problem of affordable housing, it does not limit the extent of expansion. Too much new construction could drastically alter the vibe and character of South Lake Union that made the area so popular in the first place.

Madeleine Deem, Seattle

 

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