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Magnolia Community Council Votes to Support Alternative 1 for Ft. Lawton Redevelopment Project

For Immediate Release

Consistent with its mission “to monitor private or governmental activities that affect the quality of live in Magnolia and to take appropriate action to further or protect the interests of the community,” the Board of Trustees of the Magnolia Community Council (MCC) voted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, to support Alternative 1, the Preferred Alternative of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Development.

The fate of the Army Reserve site at Fort Lawton has been a topic of intense interest to the Magnolia community over the course of many years. The MCC Board has reviewed the process and alternatives, and joins in supporting the Preferred Alternative of affordable housing and new park land so that we may be proactive stakeholders in solving community concerns for transportation improvements, bringing amenities to the site, and building a welcoming community for all.

The Board of Trustees will continue to engage with the community to bring forward suggestions and solutions that will make this project a success. Community members are encouraged to engage in careful reviews of the options and provide written comments as provided below:

“The City of Seattle is holding a 45- day comment period that extends through 5:00 p.m. January 29th, 2018. Comments may be submitted via email to:

OH_Comments@seattle.gov

Or via mail to:

Lindsay Masters
Office of Housing
PO Box 94725
Seattle, WA 98124-4725

These comments will help the City to improve the completeness, accuracy, and objectivity of the analysis.”

Contact: https://magnoliacommunitycouncil.org/contact/

View a PDF of this press release.


Information about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Development:

Alternative 1 (the Preferred Alternative):

Development of 238 units of affordable housing on ~7.3 acres, including:

  • 85 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless seniors, including veterans, plus 1 manager unit (Catholic Housing Services)
  • 100 units of affordable rental housing (Catholic Housing Services)
  • 52 units of affordable ownership housing (Habitat for Humanity)

Provision of 21.6 acres of park and recreation area, including 2 multipurpose fields (owned by Seattle Public Schools), preserved existing natural areas and conversion of an existing structure to a park maintenance facility (owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation).

 

For more information please see the full presentation provided by the City of Seattle (presented January 9, 2018) and send all comments to the City at OH_Comments@seattle.gov by 5:00 p.m.  January 29, 2018. Your input can make a difference!

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment now available

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment now available

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment is now available for public review on our website at https://www.seattle.gov/housing/ft-lawton. A hard copy is also available for viewing at the Seattle Office of Housing located at 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5700, Seattle, WA 98104. A limited number of CDs is also available upon request.

The Office of Housing will be conducting a 45-day public comment period with all comments due by 5:00PM on January 29th. In addition we will hold a public hearing, where both oral and written comments may be provided. The public hearing details are as follows:

Meeting Date/Time: 6:00 PM, January 9th, 2018
Meeting Location: Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

Written comments on the DEIS may also be submitted via email to OH_Comments@seattle.gov or via mail to: Lindsay Masters,Office of Housing, PO Box 94725, Seattle, WA 98124-4725.

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Letter From the Office of Housing about Fort Lawton Army Reserve

September 13, 2017

Dear stakeholder,

Thank you for participating in the scoping process for the Fort Lawton EIS. The Office of Housing has now published a Scoping Report summarizing the range of comments received during the public comment period, and finalizing changes to the scope of the EIS. We are proceeding with the range of housing and park alternatives presented in our scoping process, but have made modifications to the scope to ensure that we study issues raised in public comments. This includes studying potential impacts on Discovery Park and Kiwanis Ravine, proposed services for residents of affordable housing, and increases in school demand associated with new housing, among other items. The full report is available here.

We received numerous comments requesting inclusion of a school in the range of alternatives. In response to interest from Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the Office of Housing provided additional time for SPS to evaluate the site more closely, and determine whether it had a feasible path to include a school in the redevelopment. After closer investigation, SPS determined that it would be unable to meet federal Department of Education requirements for a property conveyance for educational use. In particular, SPS did not believe it would meet the criteria around financial ability and immediate need, based on its past experience applying for federal property, and its review of data on projected student population. A copy of the letter from SPS is available here.

The next step in the planning process will be preparation of a Draft EIS. This document will be made public later this year, which will be followed by a 45-day public comment period and a public hearing. We will publicize this step to everyone on this email list.

Finally, we have also posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to address some of the most common questions we received during the scoping period.

Thank you for your continued engagement, and please look out for more updates in the future.