City Denny’s Owner Sues City
posted by March 13 at 15:19 PMon
From a statement by the Benaroya Company:
Today BCC Mikie Ballard, LLC, a development entity of The Benaroya Company, filed suit in King County Superior Court to challenge the action by Seattle’s Landmark Preservation Board to designate the abandoned Denny’s building in Ballard, located at 5501 15th Avenue NW, as a Seattle landmark. “The boarded up former Denny’s is not an important historic or architectural building, nor the work of a significant architect,” said Marc Nemirow, spokesman for Benaroya. “The landmark board agreed with these conclusions, but incredulously decided to designate the building a landmark anyway. This action isn’t legal.”
1) The landmarks board didn’t actually “agree with these conclusions,” so much as they determined the building was a landmark for other reasons—primarily because it’s an icon in that part of Ballard. The Benaroya representatives’ condescending argument—that the landmarks board merely hoped to “satisfy the not unimportant sentimental yearnings for the coffee shops you visited in the past”—probably didn’t do them much good either.
2) I think he meant “incredibly.”