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October 19, 2016 Appeal filed in case of neighbors opposed to home construction on sub standard size lot
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

Seattle Green Spaces Coalition filed an appeal to the Seattle Hearing Examiner’s Office today to contest the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection’s grant of a master use permit for a developer to build a two-story home on a substandard (less than 3200 square feet) lot in a Single Family 5000 zone. The lot has been used as a side yard to a house in the Admiral District of West Seattle for over 86 years. The side yard provides open space and a play area for neighborhood children. It is the home of a majestic Ponderosa Pine tree estimated to be about 100 years old. Looking back to 1930 records, SDCI granted a special exception to the developer under the “historic lot exception." Seattle Green Spaces Coalition says that SDCI made a grave error by allowing the exception because there was never a separate building site established for the lot as the code requires. Allowing an exception violates the building code. In this time of intense pressure for development, it is important to apply the building code correctly, Seattle Green Spaces Coalition says. SGSC is committed to working with the public to protect open space throughout the city of Seattle.

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