City Still Supports 300 ft. University Place High Rise, Opposes Lower-Scale Rezoning with Affordable Housing
In spite of the Mayor’s claim to prioritize affordable housing, he continues to support keeping in place zoning along University Place, Broadway, and the surrounding streets that allow 300 ft. tall towers like the one in the pipeline for the former Bowlmor site at University and 12th Street. The Mayor has steadfastly refused to consider our proposed rezoning that would put in place reasonable height limits for new development, remove current incentives for hotel and dorm development, and incentivize (or require, if the City agreed) the inclusion of affordable housing in new developments. Current zoning virtually guarantees all new development in the area will be luxury condos, hotels, or dorms, allowing high-rises of 300 feet in height or greater.
After our well-attended press conference, we wrote the Mayor and City Planning Chair pointing out the hypocrisy of the city’s position and the amount of affordable housing (supposedly the City’s #1 priority) our rezoning could help produce. Local elected officials who support the rezoning have recently done the same. But the Mayor still has not budged.
HOW TO HELP:
• Write the Mayor and City Planning Commission Chair TODAY urging them to end their opposition to a rezoning plan that would protect neighborhood character AND create affordable housing > >