March 11, 2014
City and developer assurances couldn’t hold back a flood of doubt March 4.
The Rivers and Streams Board held a public hearing about plans for redevelopment on Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Almost 40 people attended to hear how developer Lennar Multifamily Investors’ residential building plans might affect the existing floodplain.
“We’re primarily here to hear the public’s comments,” City Environmental Planner Peter Rosen said at the meeting. “There’s a lot of information and a lot of issues in terms of the building design, and that’s going to be dealt with by the development commission. Here, we’re trying to focus on the natural resource issues and flooding.”
March 4, 2014
Plans to redevelop Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard are not making everyone happy.
Darlene Cohen has owned the antique mall Gilman Galleries, which sits on the property, for five years. She spoke proudly of the work she has put into the business in order to make it successful.
“We built it back up to keep the business going,” Cohen said. “It wasn’t easy.”
However, developer Lennar Multifamily Investors plans to raze buildings on the property and construct three five-story residential buildings in their place. They have applied for a site development permit, which the city is reviewing.