Save Richmond Beach cedes point position to Richmond Beach Advocates

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Point Wells today
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Save Richmond Beach, the organization which has been working for five years in opposition to the scale of the Point Wells project, has announced a "change in focus."

The organization will still be active and involved, but will cede the point position to the new Richmond Beach Advocates (RBA) and be supportive behind the scenes.

In a letter to supporters, the SRB board stated that,

"RBA has hired an attorney to advise them on possible legal actions and a traffic expert to make sure Shoreline’s Traffic Corridor Study is complete and thorough.  While we fully support RBA’s efforts, given the limited resources available SRB has always felt it’s not necessary to have multiple Richmond Beach neighborhood groups performing similar advocacy functions."   

Reflecting this change in focus, they have reduced their annual dues from $120 to $24, and suggest that members donate the difference to RBA.

They will continue to monitor the project and provide information on their webpage, as well as respond the questions via email.

Point Wells is a large stretch of low-lying beachfront with a steep and slide-prone hill behind leading to the Town of Woodway. The only access is through a two-lane road in Shoreline which leads to Richmond Beach Road. Point Wells has proposed as many as 6,000 apartment units, with the only access to emergency services and schools through Shoreline's Richmond Beach neighborhood. However, the property is in Snohomish County, which has issued building permits and will be the recipient of all taxes.


Anonymous,  August 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM  

I think your caption is incorrect, Pt. Wells is NOT an abandoned oil storage facility, it is an asphalt plant that is currently operating.

Anonymous,  August 24, 2014 at 7:02 AM  

Really, is there any chance at all that this project can be scaled back? As far as I can see, we have lost each and every battle and the developer is getting exactly what they wanted. Before I contribute money to the cause, I need to see a glimmer of hope that there is actually a chance that the project can be scaled back, AND, the city has our back.

Anonymous,  August 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM  

Stronger support for the City of Shoreline's stance on this issue could not be made, right down to the City's buzzwords, catchphrases, talking points and errors. Re-elect Doris McConnell, Chris Eggen, and Jesse Salomon!!!

Anonymous,  August 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM  

Truth be told...there is another access points to Point Wells via Woodway, but, SHHHH...let's not talk about that.

DKH August 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM  

Anon 1:45 - where is the road you mention? There used to be a road up the hill to Woodway but a section of it washed out some years ago (before Point Wells was an issue) and it was determined that it was too expensive to rebuild safely.

Anonymous,  August 26, 2014 at 6:35 AM  

Well, if it's "too expensive" to rebuild a road into Woodway, it's equally expensive to destroy Richmond Beach with this Snohomish County boondoggle. Mr. Moneybags Shagra Biran can pony up some cash to rebuild the road into Woodway.

Anonymous,  August 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM  

Until people realize that developers are the money in this case, and find a way to stop the flow of that money, this will be a non-issue. Developers will get what they want. They dont care about traffic, or the beauty of the landscape they are "redesigning". All they care about is how much money can they make, and how quickly. Most of these developers build, sell, then leave. What do they care what happens afterwards. There is a developer in my neighborhood who built 4 houses on his lot. His plan was to build, sell, then leave. He didnt ask the neighbors for any input, didnt ask for any suggestions, didnt even let anyone know when construction trucks would block driveways. But, in the end, he got his. He couldnt afford to leave. The market dropped and he got stuck. So guess what, he now has a lot of neighbors that dont like him, and he has to live with the monstrosities he built right in his backyard. I dont thinik that will make him think twice before doing it again, but the point is there. Until developers have to live in the crap they build, there wont be any changes. This Point Wells project is just more of the same. It doesnt matter how much money the developer spends on court battles, or legal issues. Its all a tax write off for them. They will still end up making a ton of money on this project. And, until it can be shown that they wont make money, they will keep moving forward.

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