Kery Murakami has a good article in today’s PI about Jim Mueller’s development projects in the neighborhood. He quotes a whole bunch of residents on their thoughts about the changes that will be coming:
Adrienne Bailey, who has lived in the Central Area for 50 years and is vice president of the Central Area Neighborhood District Council, worries that raising the area’s height limit for Mueller’s project will open the door for other tall buildings at the intersection. …
“It would be like if you’re in Manhattan, and there’s high-rises and no sunlight. It would destroy the character of the Central Area,” she said.
“I’m not going to be able (to afford) to live there,” Black [owner of Earl’s Cuts + Styles in Midtown Center] said of the new apartments.
Jean Tinnea, co-owner of the Central Cinema a few blocks from 23rd and Union, joked that she’s lived in the neighborhood a long time. “Since 1978 — B.C.”
“It’s high time,” she said. “Our hope is that it creates the vibrant business district that we’ve all been hoping for.”
“Whenever you have development that gets people walking around with a legitimate purpose, it’s going to push some of the illegal activity away. Sometimes they go a few blocks away, but it disperses and goes in several directions and it’s never as large as where it was before,” said [Seattle Neighborhood Group’s] executive director, Kay Godefroy.