Action Item: Public comment closes for the 79th and Greenwood Construction project on 11/12/19 – and we want to make sure the city hears your voice!
We are concerned about a new 6-story, 72-unit apartment building with retail, and parking for only 8 vehicles. This building will be constructed on the corner of 79th and Greenwood behind the portables. Specifically, we’re concerned about:
- Safety of our students The proposed parking entrance for vehicles is on 79th Street right where many of our students pass walking to and from school.
- Lack of parking Parking for parents and staff is already a challenge for our community. Adding in 72 units with only 8 spaces will compound this congestion, making it harder for parents (and local residents) to park.
- Traffic flow The addition of this building will potentially disrupt our local traffic flows, which are important for safe and timely drop-off and pick-up.
St. John Administration and Parish, and the Archdiocese of Seattle have been tracking this project since July. Together, we were successful in advocating for a traffic study; however, the results of the study have not been released. We believe the public needs these results to ensure the safety of our students.
Please take a minute to ask for the traffic study results and share your comments here or by emailing PRC@seattle.gov, referencing Project 3032858-LU. This is your last opportunity to do so. (Deadline is 11/12/19) .
Additionally, we are aware of some misinformation connected to this project and want to share a few clarifications with you.
- Q: Why didn’t St. John purchase this land? A: If only we were that wealthy! Additionally, we have never been in the position to purchase this land.
- Q: Why didn’t we develop the land where the portables are located? A: We actually looked into this option as we were undergoing due diligence for the “Honor the Past, Embrace the Present, Secure the Future” capital campaign. According to city regulations, building there was not an option for us.
- Q: Is St. John against affordable housing? A: No. As part of our Catholic teaching, we support housing, especially for those who are in most need of it. However, we have serious concerns about the safety of our students, which we cannot ignore. We want the city to make public the results of the traffic study and evaluate the implications of this project.
For more information, go to the Seattle Services Portal and enter project number: 3032858-LU.
Questions? Contact Assistant Principal, Paul Kelley.
As always, please be mindful of our neighbors, student/pedestrian safety, and our drop off/pick up protocols.