Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Yesler Terrace redevelopment proposal under review
High-rise towers out of place
In response to the guest commentary by former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice and Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg [“Vision for Yesler Terrace merits council support,” Opinion, Aug. 2], I agree that the concept of mixed income and mixed use has merit.
However, the mixed income and rezoning of most of Yesler Terrace from low-rise zoning to a master plan that would allow 13 high-rise buildings, some up to 300 feet, is carrying the mixed-use concept too far. Those towers will be totally out of place.
From my neighborhood viewpoint park, I can see many elegant, tallofficebuildings downtown. And that iswhere theybelong, not at Yesler Terrace.
The occupancy rate in many of those downtown office buildings is low. While there appears to be no waiting list for downtown office space, the waiting list for low-income housing is for years and is growing. The plan for replacement of low-income housing at Yesler Terrace will provide only a small part of the current need. We need more low-income housing, not more towering office buildings.
-- Leota Stanley, Seattle