Fort Lawton housing redevelopment plan could add over 200 affordable homes

A plan is in the works to build low-income housing on the Army site at Discovery Park, and there’s just one day left to weigh in on the plan.

The Seattle Office of Housing is looking to create new homes on over half of the 34-acre Fort Lawton, including the following:

  • 85 supportive housing units for seniors, including veterans, who have experienced homelessness;
  • 100 one-, two-, and three-bedroom flats or rowhouses for renter households with incomes up to 60% of AMI ($42K-60K for 1- 4-person household)
  • 50 three-bedroom rowhouses and townhomes for homebuyers with incomes up to 80% of AMI ($64K-86K for 2-5-person household)

It would also redevelop a sizable amount — up to 22 acres — of new park and recreation area:

  • 13 acres for passive recreation
  • 6 acres for development of two multipurpose fields and surface parking (south of the new affordable housing)
  • Between four and five acres of forest land on western edge of Fort Lawton incorporated into Discovery Park
  • Reuse of existing structure to north of housing as park maintenance facility

A public meeting about the plan on Monday night at Catharine Blaine School drew a huge crowd, according to a report from KOMO News.

Those worried about the plan say it could negatively impact Discovery Park, and that it lacks public transportation access, according to KOMO’s report.

“As the public benefit conveyances and redevelopment phases finally approach, Seattleites, including Magnolia residents, can look forward to the gradual transformation of this former military installation to parks and open space and a vibrant affordable housing community,” the redevelopment report reads.

“The vision balances important City priorities, including a steadfast commitment to providing quality affordable housing for low-income households and people who have experienced homelessness and increasing lands dedicated to park and open space.”

There’s one more day to weigh in with written comments either by email (Housing@seattle.gov) or mail (Ft Lawton PO Box 94725, Seattle, WA 98124-4725). Questions should be directed to Housing@seattle.gov. Comments will be accepted until the end of the business day on March 6.

Photo courtesy Seattle.gov


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broham
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broham

Affordable to whom, housing is so depressing. It’s so expensive.

Paintking
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Paintking

Why not use this property to actually make money for us, the taxpayers? As in putting INTO the kettle. Just turn the place into Amazon and get over with it. Political footballs with ever changing goal posts are much better and combative I guess. Pitting residents against others makes names for some. We will be dictated to, again

Freja
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Freja

So happy that this is finally in the last stretch of going through! Low income housing in a beautiful location! Fantastic!

Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck

Haha. How fast can you jog, Freja?

Gardening Angel
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Gardening Angel

it still doesn’t make sense that an area so removed from good public transportation and services is being considered for low-income development.

ballardog
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ballardog

This is such BS on so many levels. Makes me ill with disgust.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

Oh, please explain. It makes you “ill” that people of lesser means would have a chance to live in a nice neighborhood?

Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck

^^^all upvotes by people who never lived in or near Section 8 housing.

fluggermutation
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fluggermutation

^Racist

Beaver
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Beaver

Not a good idea. This is a beautiful piece of real estate. Parcel it out and sell it for top dollar. Low income individuals will be isolated out there.

Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck

Hey here’s a nice place. Let’s f*ck it up!

fluggermutation
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fluggermutation

Bucky, your mental pain can be better if you seek help: 206-452-6009

Magnolia
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Magnolia

Seattle needs to be a welcoming affordable place for our elderly, firefighters, trade workers (who build the houses) and teachers. These people deserve housing and Fort Lawton is perfect for the population density Seattle needs. In a nice neighborhood too!

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

“…the population density Seattle needs.”
Very interesting. It’s worth a few minutes of your time each day to stop and think about that.

Magnolia
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Magnolia

Population density is what Seattle needs to continue affordability for people moving here. Work is in the big cities now, people flock here for work so let’s make it affordable for the working class. Big cities are the future for jobs and traffic traffic