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-----Original Message----From: Rose Brownfield [mailto:clerkathome@comcast.net] Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2008 6:16 PM To: Doug Mah Subject: building heights I live Rochester, but I do most of our business between Olympia, tumwater, lacey. I want to express my opinion on building heights. I think we should keep them low so we could continue to enjoy the view of our waterfront. Everyone wants to make their dollar; what about the rest of us? I for one don't want to look like Seattle or Portland. clerkathome@comcast.net

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From: Ja9gates@aol.com [mailto:Ja9gates@aol.com] Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 9:33 AM To: Cathie Butler; dmah@ci.olympia.us.us; Jeff Kingsbury; joe.hyer.occ@comcast.net; Joan Machlis; Karen Messmer; Craig Ottavelli; Rhenda Strub; Mary Nolan; Jan Weydemeyer; Rich Hoey Subject: SPEECH Sponsors Community Forum, "Envision Downtown Olympia"

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2008 Contact: Janine Gates, President, SPEECH, 360-791-7736 SPEECH Sponsors Community Forum, “Envision Downtown Olympia” A public forum on downtown Olympia’s future will be held on Thursday, June 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE. The forum, “Envision Downtown Olympia,” is sponsored by the non-profit organization South Puget Environmental Education Clearinghouse (SPEECH) with support from the Community Sustaining Fund. The public is invited to envision different perspectives on what we, as a community, want for downtown Olympia. The forum will also address the Urban Waterfront Rezone proposal submitted to the city by Triway Enterprises. Confirmed forum speakers include Rich Hoey, Water Resources Director at City of Olympia Public Works who will give a presentation on predicted sea-level rise in downtown Olympia; Barbara Gooding, former director of the Washington State Department of Community Development and former City of Olympia planning commissioner, who will offer a brief history on Olympia’s current downtown zoning issues; Steve Cooper, downtown property owner and investor; and Bob Jacobs, former mayor of Olympia and member of Friends of the Waterfront. Eve Johnson, former president of the League of Women Voters, will be the moderator. Audience members will actively participate in the visioning and discussion. SPEECH can be reached at (360) 528-9158, speech.greenpages@gmail.com or www.olywa.us/greenpages.

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June 3, 2008 Dear Olympia Planning Commissioners, Last night during your Comprehensive Plan Amendment Briefing, Matthew Litwin asked a question about the vested project known as Capital Shores Office Complex at 529 West 4th Avenue which deserves a complete and accurate answer. First, the old Sylvester Street or ‘Brenner Street’ is a vacated street, and was vacated years ago (see attached ALTA Commitment). Vacated streets are not right-of-ways which serve as public view corridors, as explained in the Summary View Analysis Discussion located in the Appendix of The Larida Passage View Analysis booklet provided to you that defines the types of views at play on the isthmus. The unofficial Yashiro Street did, for years, provide a connection between 4th and 5th Avenues, but this was for the convenience of the Thurston County Health Department. During the construction of the Friendship Bridge, Yashiro Street was closed, spurring the decision of the Council to name the bridge the Yashiro Friendship Bridge. The stormwater upgrade done during that construction substantially improved the treatment of stormwater from this area and those facilities are located in the NW corner of the property. The 2002 height variance that the Olympia City Council granted the office project was in answer to constraints made by City staff, namely a requirement to create a pedestrian/bicycle connection in line with the utility easement under the vacated Brenner Street, and maintaining a building footprint to the east of Brenner Street, at the expense of Pedestrian A and B street standards. Additional height was then needed to be able to build a three story office building, and to accommodate underground parking to meet the parking requirement standards.(see our traffic Evaluation Technical Memorandum under Tab 10 in our Final Application for more details) Although moving the utility easement was possible, that, in conjunction with providing the pedestrian connection and confining the footprint of the three story office project to the east at the expense of surface parking supply, and then, as a result, having to build underground parking, made the feasibility of the project impossible without the additional height. When I came to work for Triway, and became involved with the Capital Shores Office Complex Project, I asked Tri Vo if I could work with the Thurston County Housing Authority to see if they would sell their property. We spent the next year and a half approaching downtown property owners looking for a replacement site for their offices, during which time I became very familiar with downtown properties and the limitations for development. I believed then, and believe even more strongly now, that it would be a tragedy and a missed opportunity to erect an office complex at the foot of the Friendship Bridge and at the western gateway of our downtown. Just look at the picture of the approved office building Russ Meixner provided you, and imagine its legacy. We have been a city of office buildings for years, and the lack

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of investment and the abandonment by many of our citizens – my neighbors and yours - of the downtown shopping district that has resulted, needs to stop. At the same time, I began working with BCRA , and their Senior Architect Gail Merth, to design a Housing Project for our properties. My goals were to create a modern and well designed, high-end housing project uniquely reflecting Olympia’s values of sustainability and historic relevance. I wanted to honor the need for a strong pedestrian connection between 4th and 5th Avenues, meet the parking needs of not only this development, but those of the park and western business district in a potential parking partnership with the city, and create viewing opportunities of the Deschutes Waterway, since access to the shoreline there is impossible. To make all these amenities ‘pencil out’, additional height is necessary, so we are asking to be included in the Urban Waterfront-Housing Zone. We need additional height for a reason - to provide a significant number of high-end residences along with additional amenities for the city which we have identified and are willing to negotiate in a developer’s agreement. These amenities will attract additional investment to our downtown. The ability to consolidate 2.34 acres in the downtown may not ever happen again. This is a tremendous opportunity. I contacted all the private property owners on the isthmus to ask for their support of our rezone request and received it. You have the letters of support under Tab 2 of our Final Application. I also asked the owners of the properties running down the center of the isthmus if they would like to be included in the rezone, and they said yes. Capitol Center, LLC owns property surrounding the Capital Center Building, and on the North side of 4th. All of those properties were included for your consideration to re-zone, although my aim was to focus on the properties in the middle of the isthmus. I did not exclude any of the properties that were willing to rezone. Coincidentally, the City had just purchased the property at 411 4th Avenue for the Fountain Block as we submitted our application, and two months after our submittal, The Views on 5th Avenue abandoned its condominium project, and reverted to re-developing existing office space. My expectation was that the Fountain Block’s private properties would be removed from the rezone because they are identified for purchase in the city’s Park Plan. That, in fact, was staff’s recommendation in January to Council, and it mistakenly was not noted in the motion when our request was moved to consider as a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone to the UW-H Zone. We also agree with the staff recommendation to remove the property north of 4th Avenue from the rezone. Bottom line, my intention was to create a logical extension of the current UW-H Zone and provide choices so as to create a successful housing district in our downtown. The body of housing studies, recommendations, and housing market updates contracted by the city has been submitted to you by Triway, as well as the 2007 New Home Trends Housing Market Update contracted by Triway, and other important historical documents from the 2002 UW-H Rezone process initiated by the Olympia Planning Commission. I hope you will be able to read them. Conclusively, they state

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that the pioneer housing project must be located in a high amenity location, merit the risks that a developer must make, and attract residents who would be willing to trade the equity in their homes located in beautiful and established neighborhoods throughout the area for an urban neighborhood and lifestyle. A location with a view of Jacks Shoe Repair shop will not meet these requirements, although once the market is proved, locations throughout the downtown core will become viable for projects meeting different income levels. This is the route to diversifying the housing stock downtown, so that the downtown neighborhood’s profile is comparable with all the other neighborhoods throughout the city. As it is now, downtown makes up the two lowest household income districts in the US Census profile in all of Thurston County. Finally, the yellow-boxed massing exercise furnished by MIG Consultants for the Public Workshop, and the blue-boxed massing exercise the city uses to demonstrate the impact of the zoning change are incredibly disturbing visual tools to foist upon the public. Not many people except within the architectural discipline can interpret the functionality of the exercise and its purpose of creating a building design. Being a novice to the process myself at the time, I was very uncomfortable when I first set eyes on the massing exercise for Larida Passage because I was unacquainted with the concept. As we incrementally developed the building articulation and form in a collaborative process over the better part of a year, I was barely able to believe how the boxes had been transformed into beautiful buildings! I’ve attached one of those exercises so you can see where we started from – just a baby-step beyond the yellow and blue boxes that some community members hold as representations of our intentions for building design. I hope you will appreciate the considerable time, effort, and resources Triway has spent to get beyond pictures of boxes, and show you what we really want to build for Olympia. Jeanette Hawkins Triway Enterprises

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-----Original Message----From: Teri Bevelacqua [mailto:teriworks4u@comcast.net] Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 11:06 AM To: citycouncil Subject: Urban Waterfront Rezone Dear Olympia City Council, I have been living in Olympia for over 20 years. Throughout that time downtown businesses have struggled to maintain. Many have come and gone. My reading, traveling and research all points to one component of a thriving urban community that is essential: market rate housing. Please consider the Urban Waterfront Rezone proposal on the table and be open to reaching consensus where needed to bring market rate housing to downtown. Speaking as a Realtor … I have clients lined up for this type of housing. People want to live downtown! Respectfully, Teri

Teri Bevelacqua
RE/MAX Four Seasons Olympia, Washington Direct: 360/791-4704 Fax: 360/357-8274 terib1@remax.net www.olympiahomesbyteri.com Your home changes your life. It should be as exhilarating as a painting or a piece of sculpture.

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-----Original Message----From: Janet Blanding [mailto:jwblanding@earthlink.net] Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 10:57 PM To: citycouncil Cc: oly2012@oly2012.org Subject: Please don't be the City Council that sells us out to developers

I like Olympia the way it is right now. I don't want to see it become another soulless city with no character. I like the views of the sound and the Olympics that are visible from the capitol campus. Please don't be the City Council that sells us out to developers. Sincerely, Janet Blanding

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-----Original Message----From: Mary Nolan Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 1:23 PM To: Councilmembers; Steve Hall; Subir Mukerjee; Keith Stahley; Jan Weydemeyer Subject: Waterfront development

Mr. Norm Nichol 1204 Jasper Mr. Nichol called in to say he strongly objects to putting condos on the isthmus. He said this is a bad idea and should be public access park area. The condos will ruin the view from the capitol and they are only for the well-to-do people. An excellent area to build condos is in the warehouse district behind the new city hall site.

Mary M. Nolan Executive Secretary City of Olympia PO Box 1967 Olympia, WA 98507 (360) 753-8244 mnolan@ci.olympia.wa.us This e-mail and any response may be subject to public disclosure.

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-----Original Message----From: jay@jaglaw.net [mailto:jay@jaglaw.net] Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 9:40 AM To: citycouncil Subject: Larida Passage--raising height restrictions

Dear City Council: This letter is in support of raising the height restriction in the shoreline zone for Triway proposed development known as Larida Passage, and generally in support of raising the height restriction for development in downtown Olympia. Downtown has long become stagnant, with no private development, and the City and all citizens suffer accordingly--due in large part to the height restrictions. The City needs people living downtown. Larida Passage is a gorgeous proposal and meets all comp plan requirements and policies. It will add much to downtown, most notably shops and pedestrian walkways, urban residences, and parking. It will open up the City to more like development. I urge your support. Jay A. Goldstein Goldstein Law Office PLLC 1800 Cooper Point Rd. SW #8 Olympia, WA 98502 360.352.1970 360.357.0844-FAX jay@jaglaw.net www.jaglaw.net Nothing contained herein should be construed as legal advice. The purpose of this email is to transmit a message or document. Should you not be the intended recipient of this email message, please reply advising of the mistake and then delete this message from your computer. Should you have any questions, please call the Sender at 360-352-1970.

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-----Original Message----From: Laura McDowell [mailto:lauramcdowell@comcast.net] Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 9:35 AM To: citycouncil Subject: Oppose Tri Vo development Dear city council members: I have lived in Olympia for about18 years now, and its beauty continues to take my breath away. From the Capitol Building and Heritage Park, you can see all the way from the sound to the majestic mountains. When family members come from out of state, I walk across the bridge to Percival Landing to brag about our picture-postcard city. Olympia's stunning views have enticed many family members to move and buy homes here. If you change height restrictions and therefore allow the Tri Vo development to be built, everyday Olympia citizens will be robbed of those views. And it's not just a matter of what our eyes see; it's how our souls feel when we can take in something bigger and more majestic than ourselves. The views not only instill city pride, they also make us feel calm and centered in these troubled times. The Tri Vo development would deprive our community while benefitting a private developer and wealthy people who can afford to live in those apartments. The developers are trying to convince us all that this development will rejuvinate downtown. Please don't buy into that argument. Low-rise boutiques, eateries, and other enticing retail establishments can also be built along the water without hurting the community. In fact, I think walling off our waterfront will actually detract from the lure of downtown Olympia. PLEASE reject Tri Vo's attempts to raise height restrictions so that the development community can make money at the expense of the rest of us. Respectfully, Laura McDowell 2709 Langridge Loop N.W. Olympia, WA 98502

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-----Original Message----From: OlympiaCNA@yahoogroups.com [mailto:OlympiaCNA@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jeffrey J. Jaksich Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 3:00 PM To: OlympiaCNA@yahoogroups.com Subject: [OlympiaCNA] MORE OPTIONS ON ISTHMUS DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED

Dear Peter, Jean Marie and others on the CNA Board, This is to send a note to the Coalition's membership/interested parties list at OlympiaCNA@yahoogroups.com and to request that neighborhood associations sign on in support of the recommendations in the enclosed letter (preferably before the 24th). You are encouraged to let your current Olympia Planning Commission members and City Council know if you support the recommendations in the enclosed letter. The Olympia Planning Commission (OPC)Alums would love to request a copy of their letters of support, e-mails, or both indicating they have read the enclosed OPC Alum letter and that your neighborhood association or other community organization (or you personally) support some or all of the recommendations in the enclosed OPC Alum letter. For those neighborhood associations, other community organizations, or those individuals that personally support some or all of the recommendations in the OPC Alum letter, please supply me a copy of your letter or e-mail supporting some or all our OPC letter recommendations. I am willing to submit these letters and/or e-mails as I testify at the Public Hearing June 24. I would be nice to reference the neighborhood associations and others that have also expressed support for the recommendations of our planning commission alums. We especially need to share these letters or e-mails of support at and/or prior to the June 24 hearing. This is especially true for those that can not present at the June 24 OPC Hearing. We would love to encourage folks on the Coalition listserve to attend the SPEECH Community Forum, "Envision Downtown Olympia," This is a public forum on Downtown Olympia's future that will be held on Thursday, June 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE. Please do this and also attend the public hearing on the 24th. Olympia Planning Commission P. O. Box 1967 Olympia, Washington 98507-1967 RE: OPC June 24th Hearing "MORE OPTIONS ON ISTHMUS DEVELOPMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED"

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Dear Olympia Planning Commission, One of the most precious aspects of Olympia's quality of life is our wonderful scenic views. Foremost among these are the views over the isthmus to the north from the Capitol Campus as well as to the Capitol from the water and shorelines. Currently before the Olympia Planning Commission is a proposal to allow for the construction of buildings of greater height than currently allowed on the isthmus. Implementation of this proposal would seriously degrade these marvelous views. The Capitol Campus architects, Wilder and White, recognized the north-south axis of views to and from the Capitol Group as critical to their 1911 winning plan for the City and State. Because of the value of these historic views and demonstrated support within the community for their preservation, the City should examine the option of preserving the views by removal of the Capitol Center Building and converting the isthmus to an open park - a continuation of the North Capitol Campus Heritage Park. The signatories to this letter are former members of the Olympia Planning Commission who served during the formulation of the City Comprehensive Plan. Preservation of the views over the isthmus was carefully considered, subjected to extensive public input, and became an important element in the Plan. Since construction of high buildings on the isthmus likely would be a long term, if not a permanent degradation, other alternatives should be examined in detail. This is especially important as ever increasing numbers of tourists and citizens from around the State will want to continue to witness these unique views. As we worked on the Comprehensive Plan, we recognized the importance of infilling and market rate housing downtown. These elements are included in the Plan. These objectives can be fulfilled without degrading views over the isthmus. There are many excellent sites for market rate housing on the southern portion of the Port Peninsula and the rest of downtown Olympia. All of these sites would enable excellent views from high rise buildings. Moreover, with the planned East Bay development by the Port and the new City Hall, the locus of activity will move eastward. Additionally, these sites would be within walking distance of the Farmers' Market whereas residences on the isthmus, especially on the western end, would not be within walking distance for most residents. As a result, the planning objectives of reducing traffic and reducing the need for cars would not be served. In the early spring, the City held a briefing on the high rise proposal, but did not present alternatives at this session. We understand that the Planning Commission will hold a hearing June 24 on the High Rise proposal. We urgently recommend that the planning process be expanded to consider

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alternative proposals, especially the one which will preserve the historic and unique public views. Because of its importance, this alternative should be part of the planning process to include exploration of the feasibility of public ownership of the isthmus and its incorporation into the North Capitol Campus Heritage Park as part of a great public space. The public should know and discuss the cost to take this action which, in our opinion, is the highest and best use of this unique site. Respectfully, Past Olympia Planning Commission members from the mid-80's through the early 90's: Jeffrey Jaksich, Barbara Gooding, Allen Miller, Jerry Reilly, Jim Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Karpel and Fred Adair " PS We would like to: 1. Encourage your neighborhood members to attend the hearing on the isthmus and let their voices be heard by the current Olympia City Planning Commission. The isthmus height rezoning hearing will be held on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Center (located downtown at 222 Columbia St. NW; next to Percival Landing). 2. Encourage your neighborhood members to contact Jennifer Kenny, Olympia's Neighborhood Planner, managing a City paid consultant, who is reviewing 14 plans and documents from the 1979 RUDAT downtown plan to a consultant produced 2004 Waterfront Visioning Scoping Report to synthesize a unified downtown plan that includes market rate downtown housing. Jennifer Kenny, Associate Planner City of Olympia Community Planning & Development 837 7th Avenue, SE P.O. Box 1967 Olympia, WA 98507-1967 Tel: 360-753-8031 Fax: 360-753-8087 jkenny@ci.olympia.wa.us 3. Encourage your neighborhood board to review our isthmus information and consider what you all may want to do to preserve our wonderful scenic views across the isthmus and support State and City enhancements of Heritage Park

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and our wonderful largely publicly owned urban waterfront for public access and usage by residents and visitors alike. Olympia Planning Commission Alums: Jeffrey Jaksich, Barbara Gooding, Allen Miller, Jerry Reilly, Jim Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Karpel and Fred Adair Contact Person: Jeffrey Jaksich Phone 352-2735

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-----Original Message----From: Kevin Murphy [mailto:murph212@yahoo.com] Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 4:12 PM To: Doug Mah Subject: PLEASE RE-DEVELOP

Mayor Mah I am writing to encourage you and the city council to proceed full speed ahead with sensible proposals to redevelop the area on the isthmus between 4th and 5th Ave. The current buildings in the area are an eyesore and sorely in need of change. Although I would love to see a 4-5 story mixed-use development, if it takes 10 stories to attract the kind of redevelopment we need, please push ahead. I find the anti-development "Save our waterfront views" campaign to be a disgrace. The views I am most concerned with are the dilapidated, unoccupied spaces on the isthmus; the gaggles of homeless people who frequent the area; and the many cheap bars and tattoo parlors that are, unfortunately, a signature of nearby 4th Avenue. Bringing hi-end luxury condos to downtown would only improve what is currently a sorry state of affairs for an area blessed with so much potential. My wife and I own 2 houses in Olympia (one of which is probably closer than any other house to the proposed redevelopment area adjacent to the 4th Ave Bridge) and live in Olympia as well. Please know that we as taxpayers and homeowners strongly support the redevelopment of the downtown area. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely Kevin Murphy

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-----Original Message----From: dawn higgins-joling [mailto:dhigginsj@yahoo.fr] Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2008 3:08 PM To: citycouncil Subject: Larrida Passage-just say no I won't be able to attend the public meeting on the 24th but I want to express my high hopes that the proposal of a rezone of Triway's isthmus properties to allow additional building height will NOT be accepted. What a tragic sequence of events this would be if we were to allow this irresponsible reshaping of our waterfront community. Please do not allow these plans to block our waterfront view with high-rise buildings. This does not concur with our City’s vision for a strong, vibrant downtown community. A concerned citizen of Olympia, D. Higgins

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South Capitol Neighborhood friends and Coalition of Neighborhood > Associations members, > > I am writing to you regarding the request through the > neighborhood associations' Coalition to take a particular position on > the pending request to change zoning on the isthmus. I have serious > reservations about the request to our neighborhood association and to > the manner in which it is being circulated. > > Any number of individuals and organizations have rushed to a > position before the City's staff analysis was issued. Much of the > information being circulated as fact is not accurate. A thoughtful > review prior to taking any position is warranted. There are members > of this neighborhood and this association with very different views of > the proposal. All neighborhood inter ests should have an opportunity > to comment before any position is issued. > > We in this neighborhood have a unique relationship to the > Capitol campus and, indeed, to the downtown owing to our proximity. > One issue of interest to us is the conversion of residential > properties to office and accommodations for temporary residents > associated with the Legislative sessions. Having some market rate > housing on the isthmus would offer an alternative location for some of > these people seeking space close to the Capitol campus. > > I have my own feelings about the desirability of market rate > housing downtown and about this particular location. I would be glad > to participate in a neighborhood discussion prior to the our > neighborhood association taking any position on this proposal. For > anyone interested, the City has posted their analysis of the options > for this particular proposal and the staff recommendations at > > http://www.olympiawa.gov/documents/2008CompPlanDSEIS052608Sections/Cha > pt > er7_4th.pdf <http://www.olympiaw a > .gov/documents/2008CompPlanDSEIS052608Sections/Chapter7_4th.pdf> . > > Thanks, Mike > > Michael J. McCormick, FAICP > 2420 Columbia St. SW > Olympia, WA 98501 > 360.754.2916 > mike.mccormick@comcast.net <mailto:mike.mccormick@comcast.net> > > >

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-----Original Message----From: Newbury Bay, Ltd. [mailto:newburybay@hotmail.com] Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2008 9:52 AM To: citycouncil Subject: Downtown growth Dear council members, I was excited as a business owner downtown, to hear of possible growth and development. Especially pertaining to Larida Passage. I hope that the council will take great care in how it handles this opportunity. In the past I have heard of developers who came to downtown with hopes of developing and quickly walked away for various reasons. This only added to the feeling and the perception of Olympia's reputation as being difficult for businesses to start in. I have lived here for over 30 years and I have not seen much improvement. Let's jump start our city and give it a chance to grow into a healthy and vibrant community. I fear for the small business every day, I as a business owner I hear the struggles other business are facing and feel them too. It is these businesses that are the backbone and charm of downtown. All across the country communities and businesses are struggling, and I predicted a sharp rise in small businesses closing in the comming years. Downtown from the communities standpoint historically has had a lot of negative feelings attached to it, with problems in the past from homeless issues, violence, and parking. I worry that if the City does not take the opportunity to speak with every business owner to hear what they hear, see what they see, and feel what they feel about downtown they will lose valuable insight into the problems of downtown. I would encourage more outreach, rather than town hall meetings. Lena Shedd Newbury Bay, Ltd. 2702 Buker St SE Olympia WA 98501-3553

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-----Original Message----From: NWSURVEYQC@cs.com [mailto:NWSURVEYQC@cs.com] Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:09 PM To: citycouncil Subject: Against the Downtown High rises in Oly. Lee Smithes 2103 Harrison Oly., Wa 98502 Hello Oly. City Council, I am against the zoning change in down town Oly., I do not want high rise buildings. There are many lots, sites, downtown to build high rise buildings. Let the developers build on other sites already zoned for high rise buildings. We do not need more land zoned for this. We do not need high rises right on the water. This is wrong. We need to keep the view for many generations of people to enjoy. We need realize that this area will be flooded by climate change water rising. We need to realize that tax payers do not want to pay for the houses of rich people. Thanks, Lee Smithes 360-956-0254==call me.