‘Fast track’ building is frightening

I’m curious as to what Providence Everett Medical Center has in mind to alleviate the safety of the north Everett neighborhood when they “fast track” construction. As it is, on 13th and 14th streets, aid cars are vying for space on the road with cement trucks and double dump trucks. Parking is allowed and used by hospital employees on both sides of 13th Street. Daily, there is an accident or close call. Crossing Broadway at 14th or 13th street is taking your life in your hands. And now the hospital wants to speed up construction? That will mean more of these construction vehicles on streets meant as a side street, not as an arterial. I fear for the safety of my children, family and yes, even the hospital employees and construction workers.

Also, was there not a promise made of a park to be put on the site of the former Donovan homes? It would be lovely this time of year to go sit by the shade of a tree. Part of this block is being used as parking for construction, which is fine. However, the other half of the block is dying grass surrounded by a chain link fence. How interesting it is that the park on 13th and Colby remains. A park on Oakes would not only be less of an eyesore, it would help ease the minds of a tense neighborhood which is now the victim of PEMC’s bait and switch tactics.

Stephanie M. Larson


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