Monthly Archives: October 2012

The DUCK is planning to land in your back yard; what you can do

Neighbors:

Go to: http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/edms/

and put in the MUP # 3013612

This proposed MUP # 3013612 at 1949 Fairview Avenue E sports a White Board which cannot be seen from the street due to the fact it is behind a large parking lot which separates the White Board from Fairview Avenue E ROW. Parked cars in the parking lot obliterate the view of this board. You can see in this picture a car which is doing just that.

It appears that the due date for comments is October 19. I have asked DPD extend the comment period 30 days. It might help if others in the neighborhood did the same at:

prc@seattle.gov

Ask to be a party of record.

It appears from the DPD web site that this the new development is going to be a boat launching facility and a new pier built for Mr. Brian Tracey’s Duck Tours. His tour people, employees, their cars and his fleet of amphibious boats will be parading in and out of our neighborhood. This will be very interesting when the fleet attempts to use Fairview Avenue E. These ships on wheels give the “Captain” very little ability to see what is around them when they are on land. I think this business does not belong in Eastlake. This is too close to people with children and destroys our vision of what we want our waterfront to be used for.

I never objected to NOAA having its ships here. The impact was very well controlled. This idea is a disaster for our neighborhood.

This new boat ramp and proposed load and unload facility will have serious impacts of the immediate neighbors. This will bring a huge volume of traffic to the neighborhood, adding to the issues of finding parking, loud speaker phones droning on at our shoreline at all hours of the day and for what? The answer is the financial well being of Brian Tracey’s pocket book. At minimum a traffic study needs to be required by an independent Engineer. .

Because of the Shoreline impacts, parked cars, new piling for a new wharf, etc. this project should tip the scales for a the required SEPA demands for full blown Environmental Impact Statement.

Does anybody feel the same way I do? I am sure the condos across the street and others would not like to see this happen in their front yards. Their property values will tumble.

Call Brian Tracey and ask him yourself. I saw him recently and asked about his “purchase” (lease) of DNR land at the old NOAA site he refused to talk about it. This non response means to me that he won’t be a good neighbor.

He lives in Woodinville now. He did live in Redmond.

We as a community need to let DPD know that this proposed use is not acceptable at this location without some serious covenants placed on the lease (deed). This is like having the tours boat at Pier 91 coming into Eastlake… I would think that this is a major impact.

Contact Brian Tracy and let him know how you feel.

I do not understand why our community council has sat back and let this one through the hoop.

BRIAN TRACEY
SEATTLE DUCK TOURS
516 BROAD ST
SEATTLE, WA 98109

Again, It appears that the due date for comments is October 19. However, the DPD White Board is hidden behind parked cars and I do not believe it has been posted in the proper way to meet the SEPA Laws. This is a major development with what I believe to be environmental impacts that should be vetted in a full review.

 

Thank you,

Brian Ramey

117 East Louisa Street, #187

Seattle, WA 98102

(206) 271-4744

brianramey@comcast.net