Letters to the Editor

Concerned about proposed North Bend hotel

I’m writing as a concerned citizen about the potential for a hotel to be placed south of I-90 off of exit 31. I strongly oppose this because it would have significant negative impacts to our community including environmental impacts, increased traffic in an already very busy location, safety concerns for our children and economic impact to house values within Forster Woods, to name a few.

I’ve lived in North Bend for more than seven years and this issue continues to come up time and time again, but the same concerns are never addressed. I find it amazing that only a few days ago, the Valley Record (“Green light for NB hotel?,” Wednesday, Aug. 5) quoted Mr. George Wyrsch as stating that “past concerns [of Forster Woods residents] have been addressed.” This is absolutely not true! In fact, none of the concerns that were voiced in 2008 or before have been addressed.

Personally, I do believe a hotel in our community could be a positive addition in the right location which is not south of Interstate 90 off exit 31. There are other suitable locations north of I-90, close to restaurants and other shopping venues.

As our elected public servants, I expect that you will sincerely consider the concerns of many North Bend residents over the benefits to one man, George Wyrsch. However, in reviewing public record communications between Mr. Wyrsch (owns the property south of I-90 exit 31) and Mayor Ken Hearing, Councilman David Cook, and others, I’m not at all convinced this will happen. Some of these communications seem to indicate their intention to proceed down this dangerous path — rezoning exit 31 to allow for this hotel initiative to proceed — regardless of what is in the best interest of the public.

Has the decision already been made without consideration for public input? I ask [North Bend elected officials] to pause and carefully think about your next steps, remembering that you represent the voice of the people who elected you, not one man.

Thank you for thoughtful attention to this important matter.

Jason Gram

North Bend

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