Danaher: Upset by Land Bank's actions

DEAR COUNCIL,

I JUST READ THE RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT A PROPOSED LAND BANK ACQUISITION IN FH .....REALLY, THE HEARING TO BUY DRIGGS IN FH IS ON LOPEZ???? WILL THERE BE AN ADDITIONAL ONE ON SAN JUAN IN FRIDAY HARBOR WHERE THE PURCHASE AND LOSS OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUE WILL BE MOST FELT??? THIS IS A VALID ISSUE THAT SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED.

THE RECENT ARTICLE FURTHER STATES:

According to the staff report, the conservation values of this project are primarily preservation of historic character and open space in the town of Friday Harbor.The Land Bank has endeavored to preserve the Argyle neighborhood since 2002 through purchase of an historic preservation easement and purchase of the lots at the corner of Argyle and Malcolm St. with the intent of resale encumbered by an historic preservation easement or covenant to be held by the town.

OF WHICH THEY HAVE REFUSED ALL MY OFFERS!! TO CONTINUE WITH APPROPRIATE HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT AND REDUCTION OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS AND CREATION OF GREENBELTS TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC STREET SCAPE

Since that time, five historic homes have been restored BY LYNN DANAHER and two additional historic structures moved into the neighborhood. BY LYNN DANAHER,

I was not mentioned not given any credit!! THE LAND BANK HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY OF THE RESTORATION OR MOVING OF HISTORIC HOMES INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

TO GIVE THE LAND BANK ANY CREDIT IS COMPLETELY FALSE !!!

THE LAND BANK HAS CONTINUALLY REFUSED ALL MY OFFERS OF REDUCTION OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS CURRENTLY (60% LOT COVERAGE ALLOWED; TO 30%) TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC DENSITY.

ALL THE LAND BANK HAS DONE TO DATE IS TO ACQUIRE COMMERCIAL LAND, HOLD SINCE 2002 AT A GREAT LOSS OF TAX REVENUE TO THE TOWN OF FH AND OVERPAY FOR A HISTORIC EASEMENT ON 460 ARGYLE OF WHICH THEY ARE CURRENTLY IN GROSS VIOLATION OF THEIR OWN EASEMENT!!!! TO GIVE THE LAND BANK ANY CREDIT AT ALL FOR ALL THAT I HAVE DONE IS BEYOND OFFENSIVE AND EXTREMELY MISLEADING TO OUR TAX PAYERS!!!

THEY HAVE DONE QUITE THE OPPOSITE, OPPOSING ALL I HAVE OFFERED TO FURTHER PRESERVE THE HISTORIC ARGYE NEIGHBORHOOD.

MY MOST RECENT OFFER in Oct. 2017 INCLUDED; and was not even acknowledged or presented to the county council by the land bank for consideration

· No need for a Zoning Change

· Remain Commercial Zoning

· Preserve the Historic streetscape of the Argyle neighborhood

o Acceptance of the Historic Easement

o Architecturally guaranteeing appropriate design.

o Plenty of off street parking

· Perpetual Green Space

o 50% Reduction in development rights

§ From 60% lot coverage to 30% lot coverage

o 25’ set back off Argyle, (Greenbelt)

· Pedestrian Access, numerous walking paths

o Easy access to Downtown Core

· Affordable long term Housing 30 Units

· Affordable Workforce Housing 12 Units

Affordable Commercial space.

· Enhanced Food Security

o Room for vegetable gardens

o Fruit trees

· Environmentally appropriate landscaping

o Pervious surfaces

o Indigenous plantings

· Granting of an essential Storm Water easement to Web Street.

· THIS DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL IS IN KEEPING WITH THE INTENTION OF THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE BY THE LAND BANK IN 2002 to preserve the historic street scape.

Please see attached for clarity of the concept envisioned . thanks you for letting the voting public know what is really going on...

Sincerely,

Lynn Danaher

 

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