By Joe Veyera
As the city’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) reviews an application to locate an Urban Rest Stop on the ground-floor of the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Cheryl Chou Court (2014 NW 57th St.), Ballard residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns at a public meeting at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Avenue NW) next Wednesday evening.
The Urban Rest Stop would have free showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities for homeless men, women, and children, and currently has locations Downtown and in the University District. The proposal to locate the new rest stop in Ballard has raised concerns because of its location in the neighborhood.
According to the DPD, the project needs the following approvals:
- Administrative Conditional Use to allow community center in a midrise zone within 600 ft. of an existing institution (Ballard Branch of Seattle Public Library).
- Administrative Conditional Use to allow an institution in a midrise zone that does not meeting parking requirements.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m., and attendees may also submit written comments.
A copy of the plans for this project, along with other application materials are available at the DPD Public Resource Center (700 5th Avenue, Ste 2000) The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.