Running shoe guru Brooks Sports submitted a proposal to move their headquarters from Bothel to Wallingford at the bottom of Stone Way, and have been approved for an extra green, and extra tall building. The building’s developer Skanska USA, has made plans for the building, dubbed Stone 34, to be 20ft higher than that property’s zoning normally allows. According to the Seattle Times, Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to allow the extended height for the “Living Building Challenge” program in Seattle, which works to plan the most Eco-friendly buildings possible.
But several members of the local community such as the Wallingford City Council, and the International Living Future Institute (who designed the Living Building program) has expressed their disapproval of the project, claiming that Skanska isn’t working towards enough of the Living Building requirements. They’ve expressed that extra incentives such as extended height should only be awarded to those attempting to go extra green. For more information on the building plans, visit Stone 34.