A Bainbridge Island teen is staging a sit-in on a platform 70 feet up in a tree to protest the planned development of a commercial complex on the island.
Chiara D’Angelo, 19, climbed the tree Monday morning at the future construction site of the 62,000 square foot mixed-use development. Opponents say the tree is one of 830 that will be clear-cut to make way for the complex being built by Ohio-based developer Visconsi Companies. The development, planned for Highway 305 and High School Road, will likely include a Key Bank, Bartell Drugs and a medical office facility.
The city of Bainbridge Island and the Bainbridge Island Police Department said in a statement that they are “hoping for a peaceful resolution to this situation.”
“We would prefer to avoid making an arrest, and would encourage the parties involved to find a way to express their beliefs within the limits of the law.”
D’Angelo’s supporters said the sit-in is an effort to add more time for the community to voice their opposition to the development and lead to expanded dialogue about the island’s future, according to a news release.
“It feels very right to be here,” D’Angelo wrote to her supporters from her platform in the Douglas fir.