There are similarities between Gasworks Park and the Lake pointe area on Lake Washington. Both areas are contaminated and both areas have the ability to make great parks.
If you build on the Lake Pointe location prior to a major remediation you will do several things.
With buildings in place you eliminate the possibility of remediation to the degree and depth that may be required and overload that area with parking difficulties, traffic and population density.
With no current traffic studies on the impact of the Daniels hotel and restaurant plans at St. Edwards Park there will be an additional non-seasonal Increase the traffic loads on Juanita Drive (68th) N.E. 175th Street even with a tunnel or up & overpass crossing Juanita Drive (68th St.)
*Testing is the first thing we should be doing at Lake Pointe to find out what our baseline of contamination is. Next a scientific review of the consent decree. With a blue ribbon panel formulate a new cleanup plan.
Then we will have a better understanding of what the impacts, costs and dangers to humans and wildlife are. We must have people in office that work to preserve nature and provide people access to our waterfront in a safe and fun manner. I believe Lake Pointe will be the future home of a great number of baseball fields and become an active use Park. “Do not spend 5 million Kenmore City Dollars for Ball Fields at Saint Edwards State Park.”
The waterfront would be a great destination to watch sports. The advantage of this plan is that when you have the political will and the money in place the cleanup can be done much more easily rather than tearing down buildings.
Because of its access to mass transit Lake Pointe on 522 it would make a wonderful active use Park and entertainment destination.
If you build on the Lake Pointe location prior to a major remediation (clean up) you will do several things.
Eliminate the possibility of meaningful remediation and overload that area with population density.
Increase the traffic loads on N.E. 175th Street even with a tunnel or up overpass at Juanita Drive (68th St.)I’ve hear that 5000 parking spaces are needed.