Seattle Neighborhood Debates Zoning Changes Near Light Rail Station

The city of Seattle is considering a proposition to upzone the area around the Mount Baker light-rail station in South Seattle, which opened in 2009. Locals are split on the issue.

"A proposed city rezone of a 10-block area around the Mount Baker light-rail station that includes allowing buildings up to 125 feet tall has drawn opposition from some Rainier Valley residents," according to an article by Lynn Thompson.

"Some Mount Baker residents say what the neighborhood needs isn’t taller buildings, but jobs, education and public safety."

Presenting the other side of the argument is Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who "agrees the city needs to address crime and economic development in Southeast Seattle," but also "argues that failing to rezone won’t help those problems, while a rezone could attract new businesses, new investments and more jobs."

The full council is scheduled to vote on the plan on June 23.

Full Story: Debate over tall buildings splits neighbors near Mount Baker rail station

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