Groundbreaking for homeless housing in February

Developers for the Nyer Urness House say they’re close to breaking ground.

The vacant lot at 1753 NW 56th St.
“We’ve been working on this project for quite awhile,” Beth Boram the Housing Development Director at Compass Housing Alliance says. “It was delayed for awhile now we’re ready to start on February 1, we’re going to start construction.” The Nyer Urness house at 1753 NW 56th Street is a controversial development slated to house 80 chronically homeless individuals.

On the first floor of the facility, NeighborCare will operate a clinic 20 hours each week. The seven-story facility itself will be staffed 24 hours a day.

Construction on the project will take 13 months, Boram told the Ballard District Council. Residents will move in March 2013. She says that some of the homeless will be from Ballard, although Ballardites may not see the difference because of the high number of homeless in Ballard.

For more information on this project, click here (.pdf).

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