Fight the Warehouses: $15,000 raised!

Thanks to all who donated to our cause on Giving Tuesday. We raised over $15,000, which will help pay a portion of the costs for the legal appeals we have filed against two city decisions.

We are also planning to appeal the land-use decision on Warehouse A that the city expects to issue in early January.

Please donate to help us continue the legal fight! Donate on PayPal by clicking here. Or donate through our SWC page on Facebook by clicking here.

Donations are tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) organization: EIN 81-36747

SWC appeals city decision

After reviewing the comments of state, county and tribal entities -- who asked that the city of Federal Way rescind its environmental (mitigated determination of nonsignificance) ruling on Warehouse A -- the city issued a modified MDNS on Nov. 30.

The only change is that IRG must expand part of the westbound off ramp from Highway 18 to Weyerhaeuser Way -- before it can obtain an occupancy permit for Warehouse A. 

Other comments -- including the call for a full Envronmental Impact Statement -- were not addressed. (read comments via links in item below) A city official said they will be addressed in the land-use decision, expected to be issued by the city in early January.

Save Weyerhaeuser Campus filed a legal appeal of the MDNS on Nov. 30. A hearing is expected to be scheduled in early 2019.

Your financial support is needed at this crucial time in the fight for a better future for the historic campus!

Donations are tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) organization: EIN 81-3674786

Project Overview

New to the cause? Start here:

Warehouse A: 225,950 sf; 600+ trees lost to construction.

Warehouse B: 217,300 sf, 800+ trees lost.

Greenline Business Park: 3 warehouses totaling 1.1 million sf; hundreds of trees lost.

The trails: No guarantee that trails will remain or be open to the public.

The traffic: 800+ semi-trucks, nearly 4,600 passenger vehicles on the campus daily.

More info: Projects page; city's FTP site. 

Warehouse A comments made by state, county agencies; Muckleshoot & Puyallup Tribes

On Oct. 25, the city issued its SEPA (environmental) determination on Warehouse A. Read the decision here.

Click the links below to read the agency and tribal comments submitted to the city:

 

Drainage plan required

IRG must develop a master drainage plan because its 3-warehouse Greenline Business Park would create more than 50 acres of impervious surface. It's the first time in the city's history the provision has been triggered. The study could take 1-2 years.

Read more: Projects page 

Tax-deductible donations!

We are now a 501(c)(3) charity: EIN 81-3674786.

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IRG's 5 proposed warehouses

View the 5 warehouses

Thank you for signing!

More than 725 of you signed a community letter opposing the  Greenline Business Park application for 3 warehouses totaling 1.1 millon sf.

The letter has been sent to the city. Thanks for your support!

"We will save the forested lakeshore and trails of the former Weyerhaeuser Campus in Federal Way."

 -- Dow Constantine, King County Executive, announcing his 2018 Land Conservation Initiative to save 65,000 acres of forests, farmlands, shorelines and trails

Saving shoreline, trails
Conservation efforts: Seattle Times
What we're all about
2018 Earth Day Walk album
Act to save the campus
$750,000 grant received!
Campus house built with glue!
Meeting with Gov. Inslee
Historic designation!
Warehouses A & B
'At risk' update
View our album!
Davita buys 11.5 acres from IRG

Save Weyerhaeuser Campus is working to ensure that the new owners develop the 430-acre campus in a manner that protects its unique natural features, preserves its open spaces and maintains its character as required by the 1994 annexation ordinance and concomitant agreement. Our mission is:

  • Protecting the west shoreline of North Lake, the rhododendron garden and the bonsai collection.
  • Preserving wildlife habitat and crucial watershed land -- the forests and meadows of the campus -- as well as its trails and public access to them.
  • Maintaining the character of the campus through high-quality development that blends with the environment and brings living-wage jobs to the community.

$750k received for conservation effort!

 The state Capital Budget, passed in January, included $250,000 for Weyerhaeuser open space conservation. Then, the state's supplemental budget passed later in the session added $500,000 to that! The money will be used by land-conservation nonprofit Forterra in its efforts to negotiate purchase of portions of the campus.

Read more about on the Conservation page.

Campus named to state preservation group's 'Most Endangered Places' list

SWC President Lori Sechrist appears in the video.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has named the former Weyerhaeuser Corporate Campus to its 2017 Most Endangered Places list. Read our nomination of the campus. The Trust made special presentation at the June 6 Federal Way City Council meeting.

This is the Trust’s 25th year of bringing awareness to buildings, sites and historic places around the state that are threatened by development or neglect. Of 150 properties the Trust has named to its list during that time, 100 have been saved. This means that SWC has gained another significant partner in efforts to preserve, protect and retain the unique character of the campus.

Debra Hansen during the video shoot.

The announcement was made May 20 at the Trust's "Vintage Washington" event, featuring a video that includes rare audio interviews with George Weyerhaeuser and the renowned landscape architect Peter Walker, whose design integrated the headquarters building with its environment. Also interviewed were Save Weyerhaeuser Campus President Lori Sechrist and board member Debra Hansen. 

QUOTABLE:

"... if you see another building as you look up the valley or look down the lake, it does real harm to the initial building."  -- Peter Walker, campus landscape architect

"I would hope the new uses would be not totally incompatible with the quality of that which is already there."  -- George Weyerhaeuser

Due to its exceptional historic and architectural significance, particular care must be taken with any new development. New buildings must be sensitive to the original design philosophy of the campus, which emphasized integration with the landscape and environmental sensitivity.”   --The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

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IRG application calls for 3 more warehouses -- more than 1 million square feet -- on north end of the campus.  Visit our Projects page.

See forested land lost if IRG warehouses are approved. Visit the Maps page


 

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Visit our Meetings page to watch citizen testimony at council meetings.

Get contact info for elected officials here.

 Find media coverage here and past headlines here.

TAKE ACTION!boy-with-sign

  • Urge the City Council to keep industrial development off the campuspreserve the west shoreline of North Lake for public use and protect the Rhododendron and Bonsai gardens.
  • Attend a City Council meeting: usually the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Sign up to speak. Even your presence can speak volumes.
  • Educate yourself on this site and read application documents on the city site. 
  • Help pay for traffic, wetland, architectural and legal experts: Donate now
  • Add your voice to the conversation on Facebook.
  • Contact us: savethecampus@gmail.com, 253-237-4432

"When the change is for all time, and involves a unique physical asset, I think we have to weigh it very, very carefully to see what price we are going to have to pay for economic progress."

George Weyerhaeuser, in a 1969 Sports Illustrated interview

Historic campus is worth saving

See what regional preservation organizations are telling the city.

Learn More

Demand appropriate development

Why is the city allowing industrial uses on a corporate campus?

Learn More

Trees traded for warehouses

Site plan proposes 3 warehouses near the Technology Center

Visit the Projects page

National attention to campus threat

The Weyerhaeuser campus is listed as an at-risk landscape by The Cultural Landscape Foundation.  Read Northwest Modernist Gem At-Risk

Renowned landscape architect Peter Walker's statement on his design of the campus

Learn more about the goal of the Landslide® program.

Watch citizen comment about the campus at City Council meetings.

Watch more citizen comments from 2016-17 council meetings.