Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has sent a propsoal to City Council this week that would allow buildings as high as 320 feet in one part of University District and 240 feet in another part of the district.
The zoning changes come as part of they mayor's growth plan for the U District near the University of Washington campus and the new light-rail station that will open in 2021. The Mayor hopes the zoning changes will allow more housing and ultimately offer more affordable options to the city's residents.
However, residents in the area are concerned about gentrification.
The UW has been pushing for its namesake neighborhood to grow into a dense “innovation district” for tech startups and workers. But skeptics are concerned about low-income residents, small-business survival and open space.
Two dozen opponents crashed Murray’s event with signs bearing messages such as, “Revise the rezone,” and “Don’t Ballardize the U District,” referring to growth in Ballard.