Another major project is harming the Seattle Chinatown International District (Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon): Sound Transit wants to take 3 blocks from the National Register Chinatown Historic District again.
· Emphasizing 5th Avenue is a better route than 4th Avenue in presentations through selective criteria, e.g. resident displacement: 120 for 4th Avenue, 0 for 5th Avenue.
· Blocking community members from being in the CID Community Advisory Group.
· Not explaining what “full closure of King Street or Weller Street” means to the CID.
· Not explaining how businesses on King Street, Weller Street will be permanently moved, disrupting community life, residents; 1200 elderly and 300 businesses.
· Sending agents to 5th Avenue and King Street business owners, offering moving money to begin 5+ year construction plan.
· Incomplete plans presented for 4th Avenue options.
· Concluding that demolition and construction “will not impact neighborhood cohesion,” AKA community life.
· Full closure of King Street, S. Weller and 5th Avenue for several years.
· Re-routing cars, buses, to 6th, Maynard, 7th, 8th, 10th & 12th.
· Gas, water, electrical shut offs to businesses, nonprofits and residents.
· Traffic detours throughout Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon.
· Daily dump trucks, cement trucks, cranes, supply trucks, delivery vehicles in CID.
· Construction workers taking parking from businesses.
· Increased noise & air pollution, dust, dirt, vibrations.
· Taking property from owners of color for demolition and resale after construction.
· Endangering lives of 1,200 elderly by blocking access/egress for emergency vehicles with street/sidewalk closures and detours.
· Permanent changes to National Register Seattle Chinatown Historic District—loss of 3 blocks, in addition to prior loss of 3 blocks for Transit Tunnel
· Disruptions to 300 businesses already battered by the pandemic, higher than ever anti-Asian hate crimes, criminal violence.
· Disruptions to 30 immigrant businesses permanently closed or forced to move.
· Disruptions to schools, daycares, programs serving thousands of children and youth.
· Disruptions to programs, classes, recreation for 1,200 elderly non-English speakers.