A little prep for the Design Review meeting this Thursday 8/9
- Hello everyone -
Just thought I'd catch everyone up on the meeting last week and make a
few suggestions for the Early Design Guidance meeting happening this
Thursday 8/9 at the SW Police Precinct.
The meeting last Thursday at the Charlestown Cafe went well. The
proposed tenant is still Petco working with the same developer, Madison
Development out of Kirkland. The architecture firm is now Sienna
Architecture. Their big office is in Portland, but they also have a
Seattle office. Fairly new to Seattle, but they have some good work.
The project design is, in a word, better. Not being super familiar with
the leading edge of pet store design, this new design may have the
potential to be Petco's nicest store. That said...
The main message at the meeting was to "keep our eyes on the prize",
which is still fighting for "the best" for our community. Whether that
means keeping the Charlestown Café as-is, or working for a better
development that would offer a new home to the Café, additional
retail, and possibly some (much needed) housing options, we still don't
So to continue saying what we've been saying all along, here are my
suggestions for comments (if you'll be there) at this Thursday's
1. We want the best thing for our neighborhood. What the Charlestown
Café represents to our community won't be replaced by a big Petco
store or by many other large retailers who could go there. Whatever
happens on that site, we want it to make our community better.
2. The landowner and developer have not been responsive to our many
requests to meet and talk about the project. The project does not exist
"on an island" - it has value and importance because of the surrounding
community, so the community has an inherent stake in what happens there.
3. Lastly, when and if we do meet with the project stakeholders, we've
been hard at work assembling smart people with good ideas about what
could happen there. We haven't driven a stake into the ground and said
"we don't want anything to change", because we understand how
unrealistic that would be. We've been working to come up with our own
ideas about the kind of changes we'd like to see there.
Please try to attend the meeting and voice your concerns. We need to
continue our efforts to keep our neighborhood a great place.
A big thanks should go out to the many people who have helped with this
effort. I'm confident that we, as a community, are doing the right