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Traffic Study Required for Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space
There has been a bit of a contentious conversation taking place around the future of the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion at North 43rd and Stevens.
The historic property has been owned by divinity school Corban University, but the school listed the property for sale three years ago, based largely on dwindling enrollment. Seattle-based Blue Ribbon Cooking School and event catering company have expressed interest in purchasing the property for use as an event space, mainly to host weddings.
Blue Ribbon made an offer for the property, contingent on receiving a conditional use permit to allow them to continue to hold weddings on the site, which is zoned single-family residential. In October of last year, Corban University filed a request for that conditional use permit. Neighbors objected. Strongly.
The debate around the question of what sorts of uses are appropriate for the property has gotten increasingly heated, with neighbors saying that weddings and guests have been too disruptive. Apparently noise complaints have been made to the police by both sides.
The City was originally set to issue a decision on the conditional use permit in January. Last week interested parties were notified that the decision has been delayed, because a requested traffic and parking study has not been submitted. Corban has until March 27 to submit the study. The City expects to issue a decision 30 days after receiving the study. Anybody want to make a prediction?
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