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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 01:26 PM

Controversial Fort Lawton plan gets Seattle City Council vote on Monday

Seattle City Council is moving forward with plans to develop Fort Lawton into an affordable housing complex with parks and recreational space.

The Committee on Housing, Health, Energy & Workers’ Rights unanimously passed the legislation Thursday, and the full council is expected to vote on it during its Monday meeting.

Plans call for 237 affordable housing units on 34 acres of land near Discovery Park in Magnolia. Housing would be open to people of varying income levels. Eighty-five units would be for seniors making less than 30% of the area median income, and about 100 units would be rowhouses for renters making up to 60% of the area median income. Fifty-two homes would also be built for owners who make up to 80% of the area median income and contribute labor during the building process.

Under the plan, four to five acres would also be incorporated in Discovery Park, 13 acres would be preserved for recreation, and six acres would be turned into athletic fields and parking.


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