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Historic Preservation - University Buildings Subject To City Landmark Preservation Rule

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Statutory amendments stripped the University of Washington of "full control" over its properties, opening the door for municipalities to subject some of those properties to local land use laws that are adopted pursuant to state statute.

Facts: From 1961 to 1988, the University of Washington (UW) housed its nuclear reactor in the More Hall Annex. The Annex has been vacant since 1992. In 2015, UW’s Board of Regents (Regents) began considering demolishing the Annex and replacing it with a new building. In December 2015, a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture nominated the Annex for protected landmark status under the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Ordinance.

In response, UW filed a declaratory action in state court seeking a ruling that the landmark ordinance could not apply to any UW property as a matter of law. Both sides moved for summary judgment, which the trial court granted in favor of UW. The nonprofit group---known by the acronym DOCOMOMO---successfully asked for direct review by the Supreme Court of Washington. The high court reversed and remanded.

 
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