Tuesday morning, the city’s Hearing Examiner will take up the appeal from owners of a neighboring apartment building against the approval of development plans to create the Bullitt Foundation’s Cascadia Center at the intersection of Madison and 15th Ave. In early February, CHS broke the news that the ambitious green development would face an appeal of the Department of Planning and Development’s decision to permit the planned 75-foot-high, solar-powered building.
An op-ed published on Crosscut this week called the Cascadia Center “a beacon of what’s possible when people come together to use the leading edge of today’s technology.”
Lawyers for Madison Court, the apartment building to the east of the planned development, argue that the Cascadia Center should not have been granted a special 10-foot exemption to the area’s zoned height limits so that it can achieve its sustainability goals and also object to the project’s potential impact on parking in the area. It’s unclear how much information will be available after Tuesday’s hearing. Decisions from the Hearing Examiner can be posted anywhere from a week to several weeks 15 days after the hearing depending on the complexity of the appeal.