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Green Lake In The News

July 24, 2017 6:21am

via DJC

This weekend was a busy time for Green Lake. When the news helicopters weren’t circling to show footage of Duck Island’s illegally constructed skate park, news of Spud Fish & Chips closing (and reopening in a new building) caused quite a stir.

Here’s your Monday highlights of both stories:

The Illegal Skate Park on Duck Island

The Seattle Times reports that the Parks Department will be taking down the skate park this week and trying to figure out a plan on how to restore the damaged bird habitat.

Spud Fish & Chips Green Lake To Be Redeveloped

The DJC reported last week that “the site of the Spud Fish & Chips restaurant at 6860 E. Green Lake Way N. sold last month for $3.1 million, according to King County records. Redevelopment plans have now been filed for a 59-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space.”

After the DJC broke the news, nearly a dozen other news outlets picked up the story. But before you panic,  Spud isn’t leaving Green Lake, it sounds like they will reopen in the redeveloped building. No word on when the iconic 1959 building will be demolished.

Spud Fish & Chips Green Lake posted the following message on their Facebook page Saturday:

To our valued Spud customers and family:

On July 20, an article in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce published the sale of Spud Fish and Chips Greenlake and the subsequent plan to build an apartment building in its place. This news came as quite a shock to our customers , and we received a number of calls, Facebook messages and in person inquires voicing sadness about this news. And for that, we apologize. Our owner Pam Cordova Smith has worked at the Greenlake location since she was 14 years old and knows the importance of family and tradition. Spuds has a special place in the hearts of many of our customers who have frequented our business over the years and that is something that we cherish and do not take lightly.

We want you to know that Spud Fish and Chips Greenlake is still open and we do not plan on closing any time soon. The same great-tasting fish and chips you love will still be a staple at Greenlake, but in a new, renovated space. As plans progress and solidify, we will do a better job of informing you, our valued Spud family, on updates about the new space. Thank you for the many years of laughter and memories and here’s to many more to come!

While we are happy to hear that Spud will be staying in Green Lake we are sad to see yet another iconic Seattle building with so much charm being demolished for redevelopment.
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  • You should be aware that city docs show that the owner originally planned to develop this site over a decade ago, in the winter of 2007. No doubt those plans were waylaid by the housing/credit bust. The most recent development plans were filed in January of this year. Interesting to note that the original plan had below grade parking, whereas the current has none. The early design guidance doc can be found here: https://goo.gl/STKXLM.

    A contentious issue for this project will no doubt be parking. In my experience, the analysis conducted by developers for these projects very often make dubious assumptions that reduce the projected impact. For example, the analysis for The Eddy – the location of Bartell Drugs – reduced the projected residential parking demand substantially because of the light rail station being built in Roosevelt. However, that service won’t begin until 2021 – four years from now – and the claim that light rail would reduce the project’s parking demand was not documented (nor challenged by the city or anyone else). Analysis using the identical methods used by the developer sans the light rail assumption showed substantial parking spill over onto nearby streets for at least the next four years.

    Meanwhile, the parking analysis for a recently approved project next to the Great Hall (near Rosita’s), assumed the residential parking demand would be similar to the demand of a small group of apartments near the University of Washington. The parking similarity claim was also not documented (and, in fact, contradicted by US Census data), and the demand of the UW apartments was based on a 15-year old study for which the underlying details/analysis could not be found.

    So . . . we’ll see what 6860 E. Green Lake Way N. brings in terms of the analysis.