Monday, November 5, 2012

Weigh In Tonight On Potential New Development At Talaris

Tonight at 7pm, developers who own Talaris Conference Center (4000 NE 41st Street), are going to present one of their options for development of the 18 acre property, to the monthly meeting of the Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC). This meeting is open to the community.

One resident who lives near there told us that their initial plan is to develop the site as a combination of retail/multi-family units or single family homes.

Another neighbor is concerned they may have plans to rezone and that the new development would not be in character with the neighborhood. And  there is also concern that that the homes could be rentals, thus not people invested in the neighborhood.

One neighbor wrote to us saying "If this development or the impact on Laurelhurst is of interest to and you love and enjoy this property as much as I do,  I hope that youll consider attending tonight.

"I think it would be great to have a large body of neighbors there so that they can see that a lot of us care about what happens to the property," another neighbor added.

"We are not only concerned with this upcoming redevelopment and the long term impact on those residents living so close to this beautiful sprawling property, but also the impact on the environment of the wildlife living there. Formany years we have watched eagles nesting year after year in the same trees, ducks and other birds enjoying the lake and the peacefulness strolling through the quiet grounds. 

And another neighbor commented "Some neighbors are getting concerned about what it could bring...people and traffic wise."

"Please spread the word! This is SO important, and I imagine it is the ONLY chance that we’ll get to be seen by these representatives," another reader wrote to us.

Here is the full agenda for the Laurelhurst Community Club Board Meeting to be held at the Laurelhurst Community Center in the Fireside Room:

7:00 Update on Talaris Redevelopment Plan: George Thurtle, John L. Scott, Consultant to 4000 Property LLC;  Brent Carson, Van Ness Feldman Gordon Derr

8:20 Calls and Concerns from Neighbors, Treasurer's Report, Announcements

8:40 Crime in the Neighborhood, Sock Drive

8:50 520 Update

9:00 End

(photos courtesy of Talaris website)
















1 comment:

Emily D. said...

I must disagree that people whose homes are rentals have no investment in the neighborhood. Like me, many of my neighbors have lived and worked in and invested ourselves in the neighborhood. For a number of reasons we are not able or choose not to own homes in this or any other neighborhood. But if you want a reason to oppose any new rental construction I would suggest exploring the issue of who the owners would have manage the property. The people that own Tolaris also own the apartment I call home and have Dave Poletti & Associates manage the property who do the minimum to keep the complex standing. If that is who the Tolaris owners choose to manage the property then I would be worried. But do not worry about the people that call a rental home. That is simply irrational nonsense.