Low income housing proposed for Ballard

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is proposing a low-income housing facility at 2014 NW 57th St.

Tonight, Sharon Lee, the executive director of LIHI, will be presenting information about the facility at the Ballard District Council meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Ballard Library conference room (5614 22nd Ave NW) and is open to the public. The agenda for the meeting is here.

According to Elaine Ko with LIHI, neighbors within a 500-foot-radius of the site will be receiving “Dear Neighbor” letters in the near future. LIHI plans to hold a community meeting during the last week in October to answer questions about the proposed facility. We will update MyBallard with that meeting information when it becomes available.


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peterfalk
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peterfalk

isn’t this a block away from the other new low income housing project?

Guest
Guest
Guest

I guess Queen Anne and Maple leaf had no space.

Barfly
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Barfly

Looks like Ballard is developing a Goodwill economy….

Guest
Guest
Guest

First the Hobo Hilton, now the Wino Westin?

Gurple
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Cripes, people. It’s low-income housing, not a halfway house. Personally, I think that there should be adequate low-income housing in Seattle, that there isn’t adequate housing currently, and that it’s not the end of the world if it goes into my neighborhood.

This project is 6 blocks from me. If it’s well-managed, bring it!

Tiktok
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Tiktok

Ballard has lots of people with low incomes–why not low-income housing?

frank
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frank

it’s a slippery slope

Guest
Guest
Guest

There is low income housing, it’s called Kent or Federal Way.

wal
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wal

It seems like I see just as many comments about the ridiculously high priced condos in the area from some of the same folks; and why would a developer build condos that won’t sell in this market (obviously, they are building for the future)? Well… here is your answer, build low cost housing that people can afford. This seems like what a lot of people have been asking for lately on the MyBallard blog.

Barfly
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Barfly

I know you’re new to the market but the value of homes in Seattle is determined more by the value of the land so unless you can convince someone to seek at ‘affordable home’ prices you’re out of luck. It’s the beauty of capitalism and the American Way.

So, are you willing to sell your land for less than it’s worth?

Guest
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Guest

‘lot of people have been asking for lately on the MyBallard blog’

Can’t afford Ballard? Move. Plenty of cheap housing in White center, Burien, Kent and Federal Way.

howler
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howler

how about some low income housing in Laurelhurst or Queen Ann? Why is Ballard the new dumping ground for the downtrodden? Are low income people also going to get “vouchers” for half off meals at Bastille and La Gourmand?

the good guys
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the good guys

Capitolism is like football, we’re all competing agaist each other and half of us end up irreparably damaged. Beautiful.

awesome person
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awesome person

I wish you nimbys would move to Burien or somewhere. It would make my mortgage payment feel more worth while.

DH
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DH

Seriously, why all the new low income development in Ballard? I love the comment about Laurelhurst and Queen Anne – where are the proposals for those neighborhoods? Eventually Ballard could become the primary low income housing development because Laurelhusrt, for example, would be right in saying “well, they already have 12 developments like this, why not put the next one there too?”. Who thinks these developments add to their property values?

Guest
Guest
Guest

Maybe if you’d paid attention in school and learned to spell you’d be on the winning side; the damage in your case looks self-inflicted. Or move to North Korea, I hear it’s a workers’ paradise.

What the
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What the

USA! Worker’s paradise! USA!

Stapler
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Stapler

prejudice usually is.

Stapler
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Stapler

looks like myballard won’t let us post links to elsewhere.

check seattlehousing dot org

Queen Anne Heights, West Town View, Olympic West, Center West.

Ernie
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Ernie

If you’re so able to “afford” stuff, why didn’t you buy that lot first and develop it to your liking? It’s been on the market for like 3 years.

Sillypeg
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Sillypeg

Ballard has a long history of being more affordable. I lived here back in the 80s when I was poor. Ballard is not Laurelhurst (thank goodness!) or Queen Ann or Magnolia.

Stapler
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Stapler

Not to mention that there already is low income housing in Queen Anne.

OldTimer
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OldTimer

Very true. He who pays says I suppose.

That makes it hard to argue against anything that is developed in the neighborhood. No more complaining!

Rondi Susort
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Rondi Susort

It does seem like Ballard is now the “go to neighborhood for the homeless” which is very disheartening. The mayor wants the neighborhoods to have their share of the homeless which has primarily been caused by the redevelopment of downtown Seattle. Instead of displacing people, we need to create low income housing in neighborhoods that have been developed. In actuality LIHI’s proposal for low income housing is far different than the Compass Housing 80-unit homeless residence. But I would like to see LIHI reconsider the location of this housing project given the City of Seattle has granted Compass Housing’s application for the 80-unit homeless facility and it might be a little too much too fast with these two facilities being built simultaneously. We also need LIHI to answer a few questions — like who will the residents be, how many units, will there be parking — or does every low income residence get permits to build without adequate parking. I will be there tonight with my questions — hopefully some of the rest of you will too.

Andy
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Andy

Errrr, LOWER Queen Anne….big difference.