Amid piles of dirt, a looming tower crane, and a handful of shovels and hard hats, organizers with Community Roots Housing, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), and others celebrated the development of a new affordable housing site near Bailey Gatzert Elementary School.
“This is like a 40,000 piece jigsaw puzzle,” Laurie Olsen, the capital investments manager for the City of Seattle, said at a press conference Wednesday. “I feel like we get to stand up here and put in that last piece and get the recognition for that, but there are staff that have put every single piece down to make this day possible.”
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Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle Through Saturday
From Alert Seattle: “The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle due to forecasted high temperatures above 90 degrees. The warming trend will begin Wednesday and continue through Saturday. Cooling centers will be available across the city, and outreach teams are on the ground working with our most vulnerable residents to prevent heat illness in these extreme conditions. You can find a map of locations here.”
(This article was previously published at PubliCola and has been reprinted with permission.)
The Burien City Council voted narrowly last week to delay a Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) development that would provide 95 units of permanent supportive housing, including at least 25 units for disabled veterans.
The proposal is part of Burien’s 2019 Affordable Housing Demonstration Program, which grants zoning variances to projects that serve people at various income levels; DESC applied to build housing for people between 0% and 30% of area median income, the lowest income level included in the pilot.
The Burien Planning Commission approved the project unanimously in April, but councilmembers raised objections after some residents complained that the project would harm downtown businesses and bring homeless people from other areas (like Seattle) into Burien.