Editorial: Yard Sign Campaign to Downsize Hine Begins Today
by Larry Janezich
Yard signs encouraging Councilmember Tommy Wells to use his influence to downsize the Hine project to a height more in keeping with the Capitol Hill neighborhood have gone up on properties near the site of the future development.
The signs, part of EMMCA’s political messaging campaign on Hine, read “Tommy: Right Size Hine,” and list a website for interested parties to view (http://rightsizehine.org/). The decision to move forward with the signs, and to direct them toward Tommy Wells, was made once the Office of Planning (OP) recommended proceeding with the zoning change for the site without taking issue with the height of the proposed Hine Development put forward by Stanton/Eastbanc.
The OP’s failure to name height as a prominent concern seemed to limit what could be achieved through the normal operations involved in changing the zoning of the site through the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process. Previously, Wells steered neighbors to the PUD process to resolve such concerns, and that led to the decision to address Tommy Wells by name on the sign. The Councilmember is the only realistic political option left for neighbors who wish to see meaningful changes to the Hine Development proposal.
The signs are being distributed by Barbara Riehle (email@example.com).