We Filed an Appeal to Protect Volunteer Park
Apr 26, 2017 — Greeting Volunteer Park lovers and supporters,
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has determined that the museum project is "non significant" in its environmental impact. You may have received a notice already if you sent a letter to the department. Protect Volunteer Park, on behalf of its broad range of supporters, has filed an appeal of that decision. We are prepared to demonstrate that many facets of the proposed project, when taken as a whole, present a threat to both the landmark park and the landmark building. An environmental impact statement should be required to better inform the Parks Department, the Landmarks Board and the City Council as they consider the effects of the proposed museum expansion.
The Landmarks Preservation Board is tasked with avoiding negative impacts on city landmarks, but they need the findings of an environmental impact statement to better inform their decisions. A successful appeal would give them that information. At a recent Landmarks Preservation Board meeting, our members attended and made comments in support of stopping the expansion. From the meeting, it seems the LPB is already leaning towards approving the expansion.
On June 7th a hearing examiner will consider our appeal and we are preparing to provide as much expert testimony as needed to illuminate the threats to Volunteer Park and the museum building.
The Protect Volunteer Park team has retained the prominent, environmental attorney David Bricklin of Bricklin Newman LLP. Thus far, our team has been donating their time and energy as well as the funds for months of legal counsel. We now need more financial help, so we can keep protecting the park from the museum expansion.
Please Help! Visit: https://thinkagainsaam.org/donations/ to make a donation to help with legal costs…. All amounts are welcome. Soon we hope to be able to be funded via our change petition.
Letters can still be written to City Council and Landmarks Preservation Board. Go to our websites for more information and see action page for letter information.
Please continue to share this petition. And "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/protectvolunteerpark/
Have a joyful Spring and thank you for your support,
The Protect Volunteer Park Team
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