Today’s guest post is from Overlake resident Eugene Zakhareyev regarding a proposed community center in Overlake.
Those that follow the city planning may remember the project from 2014: the proposal to build a mosque and community center in residential neighborhood in Overlake. Back then, the residents asked lots of questions and had few concerns related to the scale of the proposed development, its parking and traffic impacts and future growth.
Here is a short update I wanted to share. There is a community meeting on 27th of February, at 6:45 PM in the City Hall. The city and the applicant will discuss the status and further steps for Anjuman E-Burhani community center proposal. The city position is that it answered all questions and addressed all concerns (if you want to know more, the document is available here .
Our neighborhood position is that unfortunately the city responses did not address the concerns expressed. As an illustration, the applicant even decreased number of parking stalls (from original 42 to 36), and the city still believes that the location across from Microsoft campus on exit ramp to WA-520 is suitable enough for proposed 22,657 SF structure and will have negligible impact on the neighborhood. You can read more here
If you want to support the residents of Overlake or just would like to know more about the projects being approved by the city, please join us at the community meeting on 27th at the City Hall.
We also would love to see our elected officials, namely our respected Councilmembers and the Mayor at the meeting.
My thanks to Eugene and other Redmond residents who continue to take the time to read through documents, attending meetings and let the council, Mayor and city know their views on the processes in Redmond.
I urge you to attend the meeting on February 27th and voice your opinion. You can also call or email the Council or Mayor:
OMBUDSPERSON FOR FEBRUARY
Name: David Carson