From Indian Country Today media network:
Plans to demolish a public school with strong ties to Seattle’s Native community have been sent back to the drawing board.
The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted 7-1 on July 16 to
designate Wilson-Pacific School a city landmark. That prevents Seattle
Public Schools officials from proceeding with plans to demolish the
school so a new school can be built in its place.
Ironically, the school was nominated for landmark status by the very
agency that wanted to demolish it. Under the state Environmental Policy
Act, the school district was required to make an assessment of the
school’s cultural and historical importance and present it to the
Erin Doherty, Landmarks Preservation Board coordinator, said the
school met three of six criteria for landmark designation: it is
“associated in a significant way with the life of a person important in
the history of the City” (Eaglestaff); it is “associated in a
significant way with a significant aspect of the cultural, political, or
economic heritage of the community;” and it embodies “the distinctive
visible characteristics of an architectural style, or period.”
What comes next?
Next, landmarks board staff and the school district will negotiate a
controls and incentives agreement for landmarks board consideration.
“Controls define those features of the landmark to be preserved and
outline the Certificate of Approval process for changes to those
features,” the board website states. “Incentives may include, but are not limited to, zoning variances, building code exceptions, and financial incentives.”
UNEA members, its youth council members, and possibly some landmarks
board members will attend Indigenous Cultures Day on August 16 at
Seattle Center—within view of a memorial pole raised in honor of
Nitinaht First Nations carver John T. Williams, who was killed by a
Seattle police officer in 2010. The day’s events will include a viewing
of the Robert Eaglestaff documentary.
Read more at https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/11/seattle-landmarks-board-votes-save-indian-heritage-school-156324