Seattle's Department of Planning and Development may soon make changes to code regulating low-rise multifamily residential buildings. Tuesday night, they held a meeting to hear frustrations from neighbors who hate the structures.
"Let's talk about the rape of those little houses," one woman said.
The buildings continue to pop up in several neighborhoods where streets are lined with small homes.
In 2011, Seattle changed the rules for low-rise multifamily residential buildings, allowing for an increase in height from 30 to 40 feet.
With exemptions and exceptions, some buildings may rise 50 to 55 feet tall and can build on top of the adjoining property line.
"When people talk about all this wonderful development bringing all this inclusion, it doesn't include the people who live here," said Capitol Hill resident Dennis Saxman.
The debate centers on development in neighborhoods like Ballard, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle. Not everyone hates it. Some believe the buildings are an answer to problem of rising rental rates in the city.
"To restrict growth whether it's because of fear of change or fear of losing our parking spot, really, I think, goes against our culture of inclusiveness," one man said.
City administrators plan to use the comments as they draft a report for potential code changes due in mid-March.