Myers Way Parcels plans get hashed out, not without controversy
By Gwen Davis
The fate of the Myers Way Parcels continue to develop.
As Westside Weekly previously reported, the Myers Way Parcels — 30+ acres of city-owned land on the Southeast edge of West Seattle — was acquired by the city, partly for the construction of the Joint Training Facility (JTF). However, what exactly the city would do with all the parcels remained unknown, until various proposals came out within the past couple of months.
As of mid-June, the city produced a preliminary 33-page report. It’s similar in content to the plan it presented last month at the Highland Park Action Committee. To summarize, the plans are for the city to keep a north section to expand the JTF, sell the center west for commercial purposes, and sell the south and east areas to a buyer who would keep much of it in its natural state, such as developing an adventure park. If no buyer emerges within two years, Seattle Parks would attain most of the site. The report stated that housing wouldn’t be appropriate for the site, given its lack of utilities, among other concerns.
The plan is controversial. Advocacy groups such as TreePAC do not want the city to sell the land, and instead want the land to be used in an environmentally-friendly way, such as to host an environmental learning center. Other concerns have been brought up, as well.
A community meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. June 30 at the JTF.