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New development on Dexter raises concerns

September 30th, 2010 by Doug Alder

A planned housing development at 1415 Dexter Avenue has some neighbors worried about losing their views of Lake Union.  Catholic Community Services wants to build 50 units of low income housing on the site which is currently vacant.  That’s not sitting well with some residents of the Nautica condos who live directly behind the site.  They would have to trade their water view for a view of a brick wall.

“It would literally be three feet from the windows of those condos,” said Nautica homeowners association president Gerald Whalen. “It would turn those units into a cave.”


Site of proposed low income housing at 1415 Dexter Ave

Dan Wise with Catholic Community Services tells us two or three units would be blocked by the new building, and that Catholic is trying to minimize the impact as much as possible.

“We’re trying to take all of those considerations into our building design,” said Wise.  “We have a really good record of being good neighbors.”

But Nautica’s HOA president says about three quarters of the condo residents would have their views negatively impacted in some way.  He’s also worried about a possible drop in property values because of the new building.  Dan Wise tells us that Catholic has been meeting with residents as they push forward with the project that is expected to open in 2012.  Once the project moves into design review with the city, residents and nearby businesses will have other opportunities to voice their opinions.

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