New Coupeville construction project doesn’t blend in


I’ve hesitated to write, fearing I was just being curmudgeonly and resistant to change; but, having chatted with yet another Coupeville resident dismayed with the new construction on the corner of Northwest Alexander and 8th, and knowing that more construction is coming soon in the heart of our little town, I decided something should be said.

My neighbors and I do not understand how the design for this project was approved. The building seems to go from set-back to set-back and to strain height restrictions, obscuring local views.

This is in sharp contrast with other homes in downtown Coupeville, scaled to fit in with historic buildings and surrounded by fruit trees, flowers or hedges.

Though zoned as a commercial property, the new building will be primarily residential, with vacation rental units below.

I understand some crave large, contemporary homes with commanding views, but why come to a small town, known for its historic charm and communal celebrations, and build right at its center such an aggressive, inconsiderate building?

Does Coupeville not have codes or guidelines governing scale, house-to-land ratios and landscaping in its historic center? Or did town officials choose to disregard these? If we don’t have adequate guidelines, this needs to be changed.

If our community officials are not enforcing these guidelines and making exceptions on behalf of contractors, we need to be more careful whom we elect in the future and more vocal about the priority we place on preserving the spirit of our small town.

Lynn Arnold


More in Opinion

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN: Lawmakers should follow true science, pass HB1683

Growing up in Anacortes during the 1970s, we would line up in… Continue reading

Cartoon for Feb. 16, 2019

Cartoon for Feb. 16, 2019… Continue reading

Letter: Wondering if the Navy has problem with credibility

Editor, The Navy Growler EIS makes dubious assertions, as well as verbal… Continue reading

Letter: Exposure to jet noise may have damaging effects

Editor, Noise exposure from military jets has long been shown to cause… Continue reading

Cartoon for Feb. 13, 2019

Cartoon for Feb. 13, 2019… Continue reading

Letter: OLF discussion needs to remain in the spotlight

Editor, I just want to thank Congressman Rick Larsen for writing the… Continue reading

Letter: Navy took quick action to address problem of PFAs

Editor, In the Saturday, Feb. 2 edition, Rick Abraham implies that our… Continue reading

Cartoon for Feb. 9, 2019

Cartoon for Feb. 9, 2019… Continue reading

Letter: Thank you for hard work work along Madrona Way

Editor, I would like to thank the Island County commissioners and the… Continue reading

Most Read