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Potala Village trash problem remains unresolved | Letter

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Footage in the May 23 KIRO news broadcast has our city claiming that “leaders” resolved the trash problem with Potala Village. Yet this is simply untrue. Who are they kidding?

Immediately following an email from city staff, the citizens asked for the drawing of the new proposal.
Yes, one small portion of the issue is resolved. Waste Management trucks will be pulling into the Potala Village driveway and picking up trash from a location that is pushed back from the sidewalk a bit.
What is still wrong:
1. Numerous trash and recycle containers appear to still be in the Shoreline Jurisdiction area and still appear that they will be visible from the scenic walkway. They don’t appear to be meeting zoning code requirements about shielding in a way that they cannot be seen.
2. The trash and recycle containers are expected to be visible four to five days a week. Then it is up to neighbors to complain if trash is left out too long. We cannot find any penalty for trash left out too long. Maybe there is one, not sure. No provisions exist for trash if the developer decides to not have a management company who facilitates trash-bin transport back to the garage area.
3. Bye, bye more courtyard common open space. The new location seems to be in some of the area that was supposed to be a welcoming courtyard to address the focus of BN zoning on providing neighborhood service businesses and community gathering spaces. So, I guess we now all crowd around the trash receptacles. Nice! Anyone got a bottle of cheap wine and some marshmellows to roast over the trashcan fire? Now I call that a community gathering fitting for trash cans put into the courtyard!
Why is this happening? Why doesn’t the developer provide for both a trash area out of sight and places for loading and unloading of other commercial deliveries and moving vans?
Did anyone notice that this building is bigger than the one that went through the EIS process to fulfill SEPA? Where is the supplemental EIS? This is a lot larger and consequently does not have appropriate places for trash and service vehicles.
These negative impacts did not go through the EIS process or SEPA. Heads up city officials!
Karen Levenson, Kirkland


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