Low income housing development gets green light

A mixed-use development that includes 80 units of low income housing is moving forward.  The design for Urness House at 1753 NW 56th Street was just approved by the Department of Planning and Development with some conditions.  Urness House will have to integrate architectural designs that pay tribute to the neighborhood’s history and character as well as take safety steps to protect pedestrians and drivers.


A look at the proposed Urness House.

The development will house chronically homeless men and women.  Compass Housing Alliance says there will be a screening process and all residents must pass the tax credit eligibility criteria and be able to live on their own.  A person who has been convicted of arson within the last ten years or is a level 3 sex offender will not be allowed into Urness House.   The first two floors of the facility will be support services for residents and non-residents.  You can read our previous coverage of this story here and here.

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Ballard 4 life
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Ballard 4 life

There goes the neighborhood!!!

liberalquietscan
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liberalquietscan

My condolences to anyone that bought property in the neigborhood. You chose to invest in Ballard, and Ballard just just gave you the middle finger. You need to realize that Ballard belongs to the renters and the homeless. Silly, home buyer.

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Welcome Hobo Hilton!

Noway
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Noway

Welcome free loading hobos and sex offenders. Gun ownership just went up in Ballard!

Will they be doing drug testing to continue residence each week?

Gordito
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Gordito

I am glad that these services will be available in Ballard, let my voice stand in contrast to the nimby paranoia seen in other comments!

Gurple
Member

Mine, too. I’m glad this is going forward.

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

Why no big box condo comments? So its a crime to build a big box for condos, but when its a big box for poor people its ok?

dhs
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dhs

Huzzah Gordon. This is a necessary service in our neighborhood.

Gordito
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Gordito

These people are already in the neighborhood…open your eyes.

msballard30
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msballard30

Congratulations to the Compass Center and to Ballard – we need a facility like this.

I wonder how many on this Board who are trashing the Compass Center and making jokes about hobos, etc. (it’s all so tiring) have actually toured their facilities or attended the meetings or actually talked to residents and business owners who live in other communities and have Compass Center facilities as their neighbors, all of whom have had nothing but great things to say about Compass Center. These are the people I really listen to – those with no skin in the game and no dog in this fight – they are the ones who have said that they much prefer having Compass Center next door than a random apartment building.

We need this facility, and like others am glad to hear that this facility is moving forward. Welcome!

Geoff Sampson
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This is awful. I already have to do the 100 meter bum hurdle when walking down market and there’s some nasty stuff that goes on just down the street by the 7-11. Living just down the street, as it is now I worry about my girlfriend taking our dogs out at night, let alone if this place gets built. I understand place like this need to be built somewhere but 1 block from downtown ballard? Really? Not good for local businesses.

Geoff Sampson
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if the compass center can turn this into a good thing, then I’m all for it. Just a little skeptical as things can be a little sketchy in the area already.

missingoldballard
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missingoldballard

Finally, some semblance of what Ballard used to be. Middle to lower class folks just trying to live and work hard in their neighborhood. As for the rest of the bigoted commenters on this story…How about you high priced condo dwelling, haute bar food swilling, drunken yupsters that have overtaken what used to be a great middle class neighborhood go re-invade Belltown and leave the rest of us regular people in peace. Hm?

Gordito
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Gordito

This project will help you, then Geoff!

Geoff Sampson
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um, what exactly does middle to lower class people living in peace have to do with housing for the cronically homeless?

Ballard Ninja
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Ballard Ninja

Huh? Home owners own their home and property, nothing else. They chose to buy a home, consequently taking on the risk or reward of property values changing. Also, renters have just as much rights as owners in regards to the neighborhood they live in.

Lauren
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Lauren

Sweet. By the time I get around to buying a house, it’ll cost 100k less than it would have before.

There’s really no point in trying to find a neighborhood that isn’t crime stricken in Seattle anyway, I’ve been harassed by drunk homeless people in every neighbohood I’ve visited here. Except lower Queen Anne. Why aren’t there more homeless around Seattle Center?

Geoff Sampson
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well if that’s the case and this place helps the area, and is not just low income housing, then I’m all for it.

Aag
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Aag

Seattle is a city. Crime, homelessness, etc is unfortunately a part of living in a city. Stop your complaining and move to the suburbs if you really can’t deal with this.

old ballard resident
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old ballard resident

It’s better to have them housed in a safe apartment with sanitation facilities than sleeping in the parks, loading docks, and empty door ways.

Gessho
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Gessho

Do you live on this street…? I think not. So easy for you to stand on your soapbox.

EricH
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EricH

Thank you! I live across the street (I’m pretty sure the photo from above was taken on my front steps), and I am happy to see this facility join our neighborhood!

Guest
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Guest

No they’re not. These hobos will be bused in. The local ones will just buzz around outside like flies at a cow chip. Enjoy.

Guest
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Guest

Except for Sunset Hill folks!

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Guest

Except for Sunset Hill folks!