May 7: Report on the Appeal hearing

Dear Neighbors,

The Appeal of Phinney Flats at 6726 Greenwood Ave N took place before the Hearing Examiner last week, May 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Because there are so many issues with this project, the Hearing went into a 4th half day. This is unusual.

Livable Phinney presented testimony from expert witnesses on parking studies, bus headways, and view-and-shadow studies. All of our expert witnesses donated their time in preparing for and testifying at the Hearing. These expert witnesses included a Metro employee who provided data about the #5 bus, a Ph.D. statistician who analyzed the data from Metro about the #5 bus not meeting the 15-minute headway requirements, an engineer who testified about the parking studies, and an architect who addressed view blockages.

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Residents of Phinney Ridge testified as to the impacts this project will have on their property and their lives. Neighbors provided photos and also testified about impacts of the absence of parking on the residential neighborhood and nearby commercial businesses.

The issues of inadequate soil testing for contaminants due to the dry cleaners located on the property years ago were raised by residents whose property is adjacent to the site. Shadows that will fall on neighboring properties and privacy that will be lost by building this 4 story building so close to the property line were also addressed. The cumulative impact of this and other permitted projects (1171 units within the Phinney Greenwood Urban Village and along the #5 bus route) were also discussed.

The Hearing Examiner will issue a decision on this in early June. We will keep you posted.

This was a very expensive Hearing that demanded a lot of time in preparation for the Hearing, as well as the three and a half days of the Hearing itself. (There were at least 28 hours at the Hearing alone.) Our lawyer will need to present closing arguments in writing which will result in additional time. We must continue to raise money to meet these substantial costs.

Please forward this to your block email lists, to neighbors who may be unaware, to Facebook friends, and to those in other neighborhoods who may be facing similar issues.

Thank you to all who have already generously donated to meet the costs of this Appeal!

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