The Ballard Nickelsville camp was slated to move at the end of its two-year lease in November, but it had nowhere to go. The city granted an extension while it worked on the camp’s future location: 3814 4th Ave. NE in the Northlake neighborhood.
The city initially expected the site to be ready by mid-December, but work has taken longer than anticipated. When we visited this week, trucks were hauling in rock to fill the hole left by a demolished building. The land is owned by Seattle City Light.
“The property will be turned over to LIHI sometime mid-month,” explains city spokesman Will Lemke, referring to the Low Income Housing Institute, which operates the Nickelsville homeless camps. “They’ll organize work parties to construct the tiny homes.”
If they work quickly, the camp could move around the end of the month, but Lemke says there’s “no hard date for occupancy.” We’ll keep you updated.