Sammamish Forum Sept. 11
September 11, 2013
Fix what they broke
I understand that Sammamish needs yet another apartment complex, and that is what is being built just off Inglewood Hill Road. Most every day this summer, I have had to wait as they tear up the road to install what I am guessing some sort of pipes for this new complex.
The road is now like a big washboard and as I drive over it I’m nodding like I’m a bobble head doll. If I’m on my motorcycle I have to pretend I’m on a mountain bike.
So when this is all finished, is this company going to be held accountable to make sure the road is as nice as it was before they started?
New trees are better
A certified arborist should agree that a percentage is a bad way to save trees. Trees do not understand lot lines. They will die if construction machines run over their root areas, or are otherwise disturbed.
An arborist should say that new trees are a better idea. Additionally, trees left behind become subject to disease, death, windstorms, etc. The two “saved” trees on my lot cost thousands of my dollars to have removed when they died, not the city’s or developer’s cost.
Few people realize that if a neighbors’ tree falls on their house, it is not the neighbor’s cost to repair the damage. This also can lead to higher insurance costs for homeowners.
Why do we have Petco and not Ace Hardware?
Regency development owns Safeway plaza and has a commitment to deliver profit to shareholders. This corporation does not have an obligation to the people of Sammamish.
Petco, Whole Foods and other large retailers simply generate greater financial gains for Regency. Regency forced out our locally owned Ace Hardware and other businesses by raising their rents to unbearable levels.
Working with large corporate owned chain stores is simply more profitable.
The only way we are going to retain locally owned businesses is if the city places constraints on Town Center developers, should one ever materialize.
Otherwise, we will watch Sammamish become a residential city full of national chain stores.
Let’s see if the council has the foresight to shape the tone of our retail community. I certainly hope so, because leaving it up to economic forces is simply a losing proposition.
Michael J. O’Connell
Stop the building
The City Council has to go and the Planning Department has to be rearranged. This has just become ridiculous! I just read about a so called 25 percent retention of trees in construction. I haven’t seen one tree saved on any new construction lot.
And believe me, I am literally surrounded by them. I have new construction on three sides of me and down the street — on property that used to be unbuildable because of erosion and landslide hazards do to steep slopes.
There doesn’t seem to be a problem any more in putting any god awful ugly three-story house on a piece of property 50 feet wide. What exactly happened to the regulations anyway? Is anyone on the council or planning commission worried about our lake anymore?
Let me ask just one question of the residents that live here in Sammamish. Is there anyone other than the City Council and planning department (who for some stupid reason want us to become the next Bellevue) that wants all these ugly houses being built in what once was a serene, beautiful and quietly peaceful town?
Please stand up and speak up! There is no argument for a person that wants to build on their property. It’s only developers buying up land, finding loopholes, subdividing, building crap and moving on.
Between the developers and the powers that be at city hall, they just don’t care. Aren’t they supposed to work for us? Maybe for a minute the city council could stop thinking of Sammamish as a business and think of it as a community.
My wife is dying of brain cancer as I write this. And all she has to look forward to, for literally the rest of her life, is the bang Bang banging of construction all around us at 7 a.m. till 8 at night!
It wouldn’t be so bad if it were something of quality instead of townhome/apartment/low income looking crap. I hope everyone on the city council has to have building next to them, we’ve had to deal with it for six years now.
Vote them out, Sammamish, please!