Virtual Meeting Highlights:
(Note: League Observer missed a portion of the meeting, which lasted over 3 hours.)
The meeting was a public hearing during the regular meeting to consider citizens’ comments on Ordinance 906 , Interim Regulations regulations for Adding Enhanced Shelter as an Allowing Use in the R-48 Zone.
The city of Shoreline and Lake City Partners announced plans to work in partnership with King County to turn the former Oaks Nursing Home at 16357 Aurora Avenue N in Shoreline into a 24/7 enhanced shelter for homeless adults. Enhanced shelters are low barrier (limited entry requirements), 24 hour a day facilities intended to provide persons experiencing homelessness with access to resources including but not limited to housing, basic needs, hygiene, case management and social programs as they transition to permanent housing. The shelter will help address the need in North King County for a 24/7 shelter. Current zoning of the land where the former the former nursing facility sits is zoned (R48) and does not allow the shelter as a use. King County will be able to take advantage of funds recently released by the Commerce Dept. to purchase the property. Part of the requirements for getting the funds is that the shelter has to be up and running by December of this year.
The Shoreline City Council discussed adopting the “Interim Development Regulations” that would allow the facility to be used as a shelter for six months with a potential to extend for another six months. During that time, King County will need to seek a permanent zoning change that would allow the shelter to continue operating and to allow for the future development of permanent supportive housing, which is their longer-term interest. The City will have a 6 to 12-month period to assess the operations before making a final zoning.
Facility is close to transportation, medical and shopping. The proposal is a “win-win” for everyone if we help the homeless- our most vulnerable population. Approval of the re-zoning required for the enhanced shelter.
Not a workable site. Too close to schools and daycare. Concern about a possible negative impact on the surrounding neighborhood. Did not like low barrier approach.
After the public comment the council members’ discussion was generally favorable except for one who said that she did like that site. The amended Ordinance 906 passed, with Councilmembers McConnell and Chang voting no. CM McConnell said she did not think this is a workable site.
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