Please take less than a minute to complete WSDOT’s survey on saving the Montlake Blvd Market. Responses are due February 14th at 5 pm. The Montlake Community Club is urging neighbors to tell WSDOT that the market is worth saving for 45 extra days of construction. WSDOT has also estimated that keeping the market open could add $20 million to the project budget, and we say it’s worth it.
We also know their $20 million estimate is designed to be intentionally misleading and ignores the social impacts and other costs of eliminating the neighborhood’s only market and gas station. This was presented without any discussion of the cost for a full condemnation of the property, which could carry a price-tag of more than $30 million. Despite proving that construction impacts to the property can be avoided, WSDOT is still pursuing a full condemnation and pushing plans to use the site as a staging yard for the next decade.
Take the survey today and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. And please leave comments when prompted. Many of these questions are misleading and based on limited information.