Kevin Ervin of The Seattle Times wrote a story this weekend about Lobsang Dargey, developer of Potala Village in Kirkland. The article interviews Dargey and tells his entrepreneur story, his early years in a family of Tibetan goat herders and later training in a Buddhist monastery.
Dargey's first King County project, Potala Village Kirkland, won't use EB-5 immigrant financing. It has drawn opposition from neighbors who say 143 apartments on 1.2 acres would be out of scale with adjacent zoning. The Planning Commission and City Council are taking a fresh look at the zoning. Dargey scaled back his original plan but hasn't backed off from the project.