Thank you to all of you who contributed in the last weeks. We made our match and raised another $5,000 toward our upcoming legal expenses. 
The outpouring from the community keeps us going--- paying the bills, and inspiring us to continue the work for a development that fits our neighborhood. Thank you for showing us that you care too.
We are still waiting for the court to let us know when we can begin the next steps in our appeal. We’ll let you know when we learn more. Stay tuned!

And thank you again for your support these three long years as we fight for a development that abides by Seattle’s codes and laws.


You may have seen in the MPT “Judge grants SMV’s request to dismiss land-use petition.” If so, like us, you may have wondered, “Huh…???”
We were not consulted or invited to comment for this confusing and misleading article. Here’s the scoop from our perspective:

• Our desire is to make our entire case, all at once, in Superior Court. This means waiting until after the developer and City finish the remands (drainage and p-patch shading) required by the Hearing Examiner. This is efficient with court time and plaintiff/defendant money (i.e., address all issues at once, rather than half now, half after the remands are complete). 
• To get this we asked the court to “dismiss” the case (if the court “dismisses” the case now, we are free to argue it later—after the remands are complete). 
• The judge (in error, we believe) instead issued a “voluntary dismissal” on our behalf. This is not what we requested, and we do NOT want to voluntarily dismiss the case (it could hinder us appealing after the remands). So now we will ask the judge to correct this error (a “motion for reconsideration”). 
The short story is that we will appeal, and we want to do it in as efficient and cost-effective manner as possible. While being careful stewards of your resources and ours, we remain committed to advocating for a development that conforms to Seattle City Laws, rules, and regulations.

Another Matching Grant as SMV heads to Superior Court on 5/31/19

Our first appearance in Superior Court will be May 31 at 3:30 pm. At this initial meeting the attorneys and judge will discuss the outlines of the case and schedule the dates for presenting briefs, exhibits, and making oral arguments.

A generous donor has again offered us a matching grant: $5,000 has been offered to us -- if we can raise $5,000 from the community before our first court appearance on the 31st. Please dig into your hearts and your pockets, and give again. Help us reach our goal. This will help us pay our extensive legal fees. DONATE today to double your donation.

Thank you for your support over these last three years. If you’re receiving this email it’s because you have been a supportive part of this long, important journey: Exercising our rights as community members to fight for a project in the heart of Madison Valley that adheres to established laws and guidelines and promotes healthy development.

Thank you for supporting us and supporting neighborhood activism on the part of our community!

SMV appeals City's decision

Save Madison Valley has submitted its 105-page appeal of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection's approval of plans for the 82-unit mixed-use development--The Madison.

A few members of our community feel strongly that this project is NOT RIGHT. Together they have donated $17,000 as a matching grant to jumpstart our appeal. 

• A building that towers 80 feet high in an “NC-40” zone (four-story zone)? 
• Clear cut a protected grove and exceptional trees? 
• A massive building in a liquefaction zone with a history of flooding? 
• Inviting in traffic that will overwhelm our streets and intersections—turning our walkable neighborhood into a drive-through?

Does this sound like responsible development to you???

Let’s tell the City we want them to do their job to protect communities and manage development. We want our neighborhood — and our City — to grow in a way that is healthy and livable.

Please consider donating today to double your donation. And please pass this email along to your friends and neighbors, or ask them to sign up for emails at "Take Action" above.

Kevin Murphy of the group Save Madison Valley demonstrates the size of a new supermarket development slated for the Madison Valley neighborhood.

We want to develop Madison Valley responsibly.


Save Madison Valley is a community of neighbors committed to the livability, safety, and vibrancy of the Madison Valley neighborhood in Seattle.


The Development:

Velmeir, a Michigan-based development company, is purchasing the Madison Valley home of City People's Garden Store. In the place of City People's, Velmeir plans to construct a mixed-use building of more than 165,000 square feet with 75 residential units and a parking garage with 157 spaces.


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