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August 5, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Proposed Swedish development not right for Cherry Hill neighborhood

How quaint of Andy Cosentino to refer to the proposed Swedish-Sabey development as a “campus” ["Swedish Cherry Hill must grow for health of community," Opinion, Aug. 3]. In 1909, the City of Seattle allowed a hospital to be built in our residential neighborhood so it could be away from the noise and congestion of the downtown core.

Thus, a hospital “quiet zone” was established in the Squire Park neighborhood and a beautiful hospital “campus” was built there surrounded with park-like grounds.

Now fast-forward to 2014 and these buildings and grounds have been sold by the hospital to the Sabey Corporation. Sabey, a huge for-profit developer, is attempting to use the hospital’s non-profit status  to try to circumvent the City of Seattle’s zoning laws. Sabey wants to tear down existing buildings and get rid of the campus grounds by building new large tall structures right up to the lot line. And much of this new created space would be used for commercial activity other then that mentioned by Cosentino.

The diagram included with Cosentino’s opinion piece says it all. The only existing buildings depicted are the Sabey-Swedish structures. The diagram totally ignores all the wonderful historic family homes that surround the current buildings and would be forever in the shadow of this new development.

If Sabey-Swedish really cared about the “health of our community” they would not try to turn a residential neighborhood into a large commercial development. To truly ensure a healthy community, this development must be scaled back. It is much too large in bulk, height and scale to co-exist in a “healthy” residential  neighborhood.

Perhaps this project would  better serve the community in an existing commercial downtown zone instead of Swedish-Sabey trying to turn a residential neighborhood into an unhealthy commercial zone.

Thomas Wasserman, Seattle

Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Andy Cosentino, Cherry Hill, Swedish Hospital

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