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)
Here’s what YOU can do – Send the Mayor, the City Council, and state legislators your concerns by letter and/or email. Urge your neighbors to do the same. Send your letter or email to:
- 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.
•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.
This makes PERFECT SENSE!! Mayor Murrey has said in the past that he wants to come up with as many traffic jams as possible to get people to sell their gas hogs and take public transportation.
Presently during rush hour traffic, it takes me 20 minutes to travel from 23rd and East Calhoun street to take Hwy 520 west. How much worse can he make it? He does not have to travel this route and does not care either.
WSDOT proposal is arbitrary and capricious, and directly contradicts their story to the impacted community (i.e., my neighborhood).
In reviewing WSDOT’s “SR 520 West Side Final Design Concept” (April, 2014) it appears that the Hop-In market remains intact in its entirety (at least that’s what appears from ALL of the various alternative and final design drawings). In addition, and in reviewing the “Final Environmental Impact Statement” (June, 2011). There is no mention or discussion whatsoever of the “social impact” of the tearing down of a long-time community market; nor is there any mention of possible alternatives to such a drastic measure. On the contrary, everything that I have read and heard would leave one to believe that the Hop-In would not be demolished.
On its face, the WSDOT proposal seems wrong for at least these two reasons – and I feel like I have been hornswoggled by the WSDOT (and all those working in concert with them).
Any good reason why I, as an aggrieved party to this proposed action, shouldn’t file a lawsuit in U.S. Federal District seeking an injunction and/or the preparation of a supplemental EIS? Am I missing something?
-concerned citizen and long-time Montlake resident