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Mediation planned for dispute on access, parking for two small stores at site of future apartments

RENDERING COURTESY OF SCOTT EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE - The design of Cascadia Behavorial Healthcares planned apartment building at Southeast 164th Avenue and Powell Boulevard would reduce access to two small businesses.

A small business owner is suing Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare because its plans to build affordable apartments and a health clinic in the Centennial neighborhood, will eliminate some access and parking for its small business.

Cascadia's apartment building and clinic are planned for 3800 S.E. 164th Ave., at Powell Boulevard, on the site of the shuttered Pinbusterz bowling alley. The Mini-Mart Express and Barely Read Books property, at 16437 S.E. Powell Blvd., sit adjacent to the Cascadia property.

Sung Uk Lee and Chun dong Lee, who own the property and run the mini-mart, filed suit Jan. 31, asking the court to allow the two small businesses to continue use of the driveway to Southeast 164th Avenue and nearby parking the previous owner of the property had allowed since 1966. The mini-mart and book store's delivery trucks and customers use the driveway and parking.

The lawsuit alleges that Cascadia "has both threatened to interfere with, and has erected fencing interfering with" the Lee's disputed easement.

Cascadia said in a statement to The Outlook, "Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and Cascadia Housing are scheduled to participate in a mediation with the Lees later this month, at which time we are hopeful a resolution can be reached that will be satisfactory to all involved."

Cascadia said that "Given the pending mediation, and lawsuit filed by the Lees, we do not feel additional comment would be helpful at this time."

The Lee's attorney did not return calls for comment.

The Cascadia statement did not address why it is denying access to the driveway and parking to the Lees.

The nonprofit Cascadia expects to break ground on the project in late summer or early fall. It will have 71 affordable apartments and eventually an adjacent 25,000 to 30,000 square foot health clinic.

Centennial Place Apartments will include 15 studio homes, 32 one-bedroom units and 24 two-bedroom units.


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