The Seattle Times published an article yesterday on the possible loss of the Montlake Boulevard Market. Get the story here.
People in Montlake are working hard to stop the closure. Your Montlake Community Club & neighbors have already:
- started a 520 Transportation Committee
- offered comments to the Seattle Design Commission
- given interviews to the local TV networks and print media
- briefed City Council members
- offered public comments to the City Council
- created a Change.Org petition (Click to Sign)
- Mayor Murray: seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor
Brady Walkinshaw: https://app.leg.
What you can share with them about this devastating closure:
- Your personal story about why the Montlake Boulevard Market is important
The addition of a staging area at one of the city’s busiest intersections undergoing a massive rebuild doesn’t make sense; it would simply make traffic jams worse and make commuting harder
Montlake has a low walk score and this takes away a critical resource that is loved in this neighborhood
- A visually attractive & safe intersection, even during the construction phase, is needed as this is a key gateway to the city
- WSDOT announced its decision without any advanced warning
The city needs to manage planning for the entire area and validate WSDOT decisions; there is a need to coordinate work done by several transport agencies and the UW. The city has perspective and can see the 520 work in its larger context. We encourage a stronger role for the city over the next 12 years of construction and during the creation of the Design-Build contract.