John Galvin, one of the landowners in the Town Center’s Southeast Quadrant who is asking for a 2 million square feet upzoning for the entire Town Center and 300,000 sf in his quadrant, supported the “preferred alternative” approved by the 2007 City Council–which provided for 45,000 sf of commercial space in his quadrant.
Galvin also praised the five year process that led to the Preferred Alternative.
The 2007 Planning Commission sent its recommendations for the Town Center to the City Council in March 2008, suggesting that all commercial be placed on the West Side of 228th–a decision consistent with that of several other citizen groups.
In a letter April 9, 2008, to The Sammamish Review, Galvin criticized the Commission’s recommendation that “threw out the outcome of that process and substituted their own plan….”
The process, Galvin noted, was a five year, $1 million planning process.
Galvin went on to criticize specific elements of the Commission’s recommendation. He concluded his letter with:
“Let’s get back to the preferred alternative. Let’s begin developing a Town Center, a vibrant, beautiful, useful Town Center.” In other words, the Preferred Alternative that allocated his SE Quadrant 45,000 sf.
The City Council did him one better, doubling the amount of commercial space in his quadrant to 90,000.
Never one to be satisfied, Galvin’s record of complaining and insulting people is well documented in letters to the editor and in city records. He now wants 300,000 sf for his quadrant, 6.66 times the amount his supported less than two years ago, and 2 million sf for the entire Town Center, 4.44 times the amount approved by the Council in the 2007 Preferred Alternative–and 3.3 times the amount the Council approved in 2008.