Dear SWC Supporter,
Although we’re facing a world of uncertainty, Save Weyerhaeuser Campus is continuing our mission of protecting, preserving and maintaining the unique character of the former Weyerhaeuser campus. We remain committed to advocating for responsible development that is good for our community and respects the environment.
We are grateful for your support! Since it’s been awhile, we wanted to provide you some updates on our efforts:
Our day in Superior Court
Our legal appeals of IRG’s warehouse development are proceeding in King County Superior Court, with a judicial hearing scheduled via electronic conference on April 24.
Our appeal is aimed at ensuring that significant traffic and environmental harm caused by all five of IRG’s proposed warehouses — known as cumulative impacts — are addressed by the City of Federal Way. Last year, the city’s Hearing Examiner ruled in favor of SWC that these cumulative impacts must be considered, and that some significant impacts are not being adequately mitigated. Also on April 24, the judge will hear IRG’s own appeal, which names SWC as a party to the proceeding.
Your financial support allows us to continue this legal advocacy.
Obtaining conversation grants
We continue working with Forterra, the land-conservation organization, to seek grants that will help purchase the campus’ undeveloped 54-acre North Lake shoreline — whenever IRG is willing to sell. So far, we have accumulated $4.25 million in city, county and state funds for this purpose.
Dialogue with IRG leadership
With your support, we defeated IRG’s original 2016 proposal to build a fish-processing plant. More recently, SWC has engaged in direct dialogue with IRG about responsible development of the campus.
Spreading the word
We continue building our network of supporters, like you, who know the campus is a “legacy property” that will be forever changed once IRG begins replacing forests with warehouses and semi-trucks. The campus is home to the headwaters of a sensitive salmon-bearing stream, a historic building and landscape, miles of easy-access trails and the world-renowned Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and Pacific Bonsai Museum.
These uncertain times bring out the best in people and reinforce what is most important: health, family, friends and the ability to enjoy fresh air and open spaces!
Thank you for your continued support. We are strong! Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!
Sincerely, on behalf of the SWC board,
Save Weyerhaeuser Campus – EIN 81-3674786 – www.paypal.me/saveWHcampus
P.O. Box 4402, Federal Way, WA 98063 – SaveWeyerhaeuserCampus.org