Appeal hearing set for controversial Alki rowhouse project

Neighbors of a planned development on the 2400 block of 55th Ave. S.W. near Alki Beach banded together to appeal Seattle’s determination of environmental impact non-significance, and an appeal hearing to hear them out is set for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.

Developer Pluma Homes plans four three-story rowhouse structures with a total of 11 residential units. Existing homes at 2414, 2418, 2420 and 2424 55th Ave. S.W. will be demolished to make room.

Neighborhood blogger Marie McKinsey has been following the developments closely on her website, www.whereiamnow.net, and reported resident Marty McQuaid, with the aid of land use attorney Cynthia Kennedy, filed the appeal on behalf of “Alki Neighborhoods for Sensible Growth.”

The appeal (link available at McKinsey's site) asks the city to reconsider their SEPA approval for “an 11-unit multi-family complex that is dramatically oversized for the surrounding neighborhood and its public services” based on the fact that 39-foot structures would dwarf existing, low-lying residences” and take away “vegetation, light, air, privacy and view corridors to Alki Beach” amongst other concerns.

Those interested in more information can contact Seattle Department of Planning and Development Planner Tamara Garrett at 206-233-7182. The appeal notice is found here.

This story includes information from our latest development roundup.

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