Roosevelt residents spent several years working with DPD and Sound Transit to come up with a plan to increase density in the area when light rail arrives. In recent weeks, however, a chorus of voices has emerged urging DPD to increase heights further than what the neighborhood agreed to---to as much as 12 stories in the immediate vicinity of the station.
The zoning originally approved by DPD would allow about 350 new units of housing in the area around the station above and beyond what the current zoning allows.
Calling the idea of revisiting the zoning "a grave insult to the Roosevelt community, and the countless hours of good-faith volunteer effort to plan responsibly for smart growth," O'Halloren writes, "We have been planning for years, the best ways to integrate transit into our community, to accommodate reasonable growth while retaining things that are important to us. ... Please ensure that the Legislative Rezone process is not derailed, but rather expedited so that Roosevelt can become a model 'transit oriented community.'"
McGinn is scheduled to meet with DPD director Diane Sugimura this Thursday to discuss the Roosevelt rezone.