Public Safety

Neighborhood construction projects–like all construction projects–are expected to follow public safety rules. For example, workers are expected to park away from crosswalks so there’s visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to safely use the right of way. Legally, vehicles should park 20 feet from a crosswalk–even an unmarked one.

Last week, a worker’s van was parked too close to the crosswalk at NW 70th Street and Division Ave NW, making it impossible to see oncoming traffic. This happens all the time, and the workers say it will slow them down if they have to park down the block (which they need to do because their other vehicles are taking up the parking by the construction site). That intersection can be a hairball, and moving the van would alleviate the safety issue.

Lots of elementary school kids use that crosswalk to walk to school and their bus stop. So a mom asked David Marcoe–owner of 819 NW 70th Street / 6752 Division Ave NW, developer with Blueprint Capital, and a real estate agent with Seattle’s Windemere Northgate office–to ask his workers to park so there’s visibility for the kids to safely cross the street. Seems reasonable for a developer, who also sells homes to families in this neighborhood, to care about his project putting kids in harm’s way.

David Marcoe’s reply? “F – – k off, c – – -.”

This is the response to a request to park work vans so elementary school kids can safely cross the street?