Distressed by Lake Street Place development | Letter
February 27, 2013 · Updated 2:00 PM
The residents of downtown Kirkland are greatly distressed by the prospect of the construction of a new building on Lake Street that will draw hundreds more cars and service vehicles into a very congested neighborhood.
Two apartments have their front entrances on a cul de sac that is fed by Main Street (hardly more than an alley) and an alley from Lake Street to Main Street. Buses, delivery trucks, garbage vans and fire department vehicles, plus a couple of moving vans weekly cause many impasses daily without the addition of the many vehicles that would be necessary to service a huge new building.
The only access to the new building’s garage will be the small alley from Lake or Main streets. A six-story building will cut off all the light to the apartments involved and the pollution from so many vehicles will cause far too much distress in the neighborhood. The many residents are used to walking in the downtown area and this new situation will greatly affect their health and safety.
We urge the City Council of Kirkland to keep our special city free from all the complexities of big business’s cause. As a residential city, it is really one-of-a-kind and very special to those who have always loved it and have known it for years.
Thank you for any help you can provide in solving this congestion.
Glenna Rohrback, Kirkland