The community has demonstrated over and over how much they care about the Montlake Boulevard market, and yet WSDOT continues to plan for demolition. The Montlake Community Club, along with the Montlake Market store and property owners are continuing the fight to save the Montlake Market and once again need your help.
WSDOT has never prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) addressing the impacts of destroying the Montlake Market. Recently, WSDOT issued a second “re-evaluation” explaining its latest rationale for continuing to rely on the seven year old EIS that did NOT evaluate destroying the Montlake Market. WSDOT prepared and issued the re-evaluation without seeking public comment. This is the second re-evaluation that departs from their promise to avoid destroying the market, even though the market was identified as a community priority and slated for protection in the project’s final EIS and Record of Decision. This re-evaluation is also the second time that WSDOT has said the condemnation and demolition of the property will not result in any adverse social impacts, business displacement, or noise impacts to the community.
We are running out of options to save the Market. However, there is a provision in the law that may compel WSDOT to hold a public meeting to address the adequacy of their latest re-evaluation. We cannot use this provision unless there is massive support from the community asking for a public hearing.
How can you help? Please use the sample letter below and send it to WSDOT, the State Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Highway Administration (emails below). Copy email@example.com and the MCC will also make sure that each letter is printed and sent by mail. We need at least 50 people to do this, but would be thrilled with many more. Please sign your letter with your name and mailing address no later than Friday, 8/17/18. The individual email addresses are as follows:
We are requesting, in accordance with WAC 197-11-610, that the Washington State Department of Transportation and all other appropriate agencies hold a Public Hearing concerning SR 520, Project Program #852004B and Project #U52004B for the Environmental Re-evaluation #2, dated 7/18/18, within its jurisdiction to obtain comments on the adequacy of adopting the Environmental Re-evaluation (a federal environmental document) for the demolition of the Montlake Boulevard Market as a substitute for preparing a SEPA EIS. WSDOT is required to reconsider its adoption of Environmental Re-evaluation in light of the public comments.
Summary is as follows:
- The new Re-evaluation incorrectly states that there is no social impact in tearing down the Market and the gas station. Both WSDOT and the State Legislature has recognized that there is a social value of the Market and gas station to the community.
- The new Re-evaluation fails to meet the terms and conditions of the Legislative Mandate to make the necessary efforts to save the Market.
- The new Re-evaluation is not in accordance with the Health Impact Assessment for the SR 520 Project guidelines.
- The process fails to meet the guidelines established by the WSDOT Design Manual and the WSDOT Environmental Manual.
- The demolition of the Market fails to meet WSDOT “Context Sensitive Design” guidelines.
- The Programmatic Agreement, through the FEIS and the ROD, contemplated that the Market would stay. In fact, the plan was to preserve it. Those signatory to the agreement should be able to rely on this representation. The programmatic agreement would have been a substantially different document had the parties known that the Market and the gas station would be demolished.
We formally object to the SR 520 Re-evaluation #2, dated 7/18/18 and the demolition of the Montlake Boulevard Market and gas station.”
Thank you for your support.
Daniel J LaFond says
I agree with every statement hat has been expressed. I have lived in the Montlake area for 49 years and have loved the Market and it’s various owners. A wonderful asset for us and would hate to have it gone. But sorry to say as has happen in the past when dealing with WSDOT we get what we get even if we don’t want it nor benefit from the supposed progress. Also so sorry I was out of town and missed sending the letters. Just hope they had a positive response. Daniel and Clare LaFond
Larry Fogdall says
I agree with Beverly Cuevas’ statement (above, as shown “here”). As has been said before, “they” are actually attempting a 2-prong attack on Montlake: they threaten to take away food, and with the combined effects of this and other projects on Montlake, they also take away our access to food. This should remind us of other horrible attacks on various peoples throughout history. To be threatened this way is, in short, unacceptable and is un-American!
Beverly Cuevas says
We should not give up our fight to save the market and gas station. The impact on traffic is already horrendous. Montlake Blvd is almost always a traffic mess. To demolish the market and gas station for a staging area will only increase the traffic issues. They already have a staging area that they can utilize in the Arboretum. The most important reason to save the market is that it is a community gathering place that has been in place since the 1930’s. The quality of our community life will truly be diminished by the destruction of the market.
Karen Barrett says
Corrected emails for Horton & Love:
Sorry about that. If you clicked on the link, the address was correct, but it was displaying incorrectly. It’s fixed now. Appreciate you pointing it out!
Robert Hayden says
I agree with Jeff. WSDOT has all along sought to get rid of the market and gas station. All of their public meetings are just a ruse to get us to think that we have a say in what they are doing. We don’t. After all of the new highway is built, we will still have terrible traffic in Montlake. They only care about moving traffic East to West, and getting traffic off the interstate. If it clogs up city streets, so be it.
Jeff Parke says
I’m sorry to be cynical, but the community should have seen this coming years ago. WSDOT kept this close to their chest and was not revealing of plans to delay dealing with Kemper Freeman and his family properties. If anyone can dig up documentation of that ruse, it is the only way around this scam of Montlake.