West side won’t get 6-story apartments

Deadline passes without builder filing appeal of city’s decision

mbatcheldor@theolympian.comNovember 26, 2012 

Olympia’s decision to deny a six-story, 122-apartment complex on the west side will stand, now that the deadline for an appeal has passed.

Treco WA of Kamuela, Hawaii, did not appeal by the Nov. 8 deadline, said Steve Friddle, community services manager for the city.

Treco WA filed the plan last year for a vacant, 2.39-acre site at 301 Bing St. NW. The proposal included 160 parking spaces, with part of the parking on the building’s first level, under five levels of apartments.

The plan would have extended Bing Street access to the complex, and another access point would have been added from Harrison Avenue.

The city’s Site Plan Review Committee denied the project last month, saying it did not conform to requirements for public safety, transportation, stormwater and design.

It said the building didn’t:

 • Provide “appropriate circulation” for traffic.

 • Have enough area to ensure public safety.

 • Meet the city’s stormwater requirements.

 • Meet the city’s standards for neighborhood character and scale.

 • Provide for the facility to be stepped back from residential buildings in the neighborhood.

 • Provide a 30-foot setback, instead providing just 10 feet.

Neighbors had rallied against the project, attending multiple City Council meetings. They said the building would be out of scale for the neighborhood, which consists of single-story homes with some multi-level apartments but nothing approaching six stories.

“It doesn’t fit our area,” neighbor Ruben Bernal told The Olympian last month. “High-rises are not very comfortable, especially with the views that we have and the amount of land that we have.”

Harmen Verbrugge, a representative of Treco WA, told The Olympian last month that he had spent more than $280,000 on the project. He said he tried to work with neighbors but had trouble communicating with them.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869 mbatcheldor@theolympian.com @MattBatcheldor

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