City Council to discuss proposed shelter sites on Monday

City Council to discuss proposed shelter sites on Monday
Posted on 06/02/2017

Caps 45-day study period of two exploratory locations

The City Council will discuss new site information regarding the proposed Eastside men’s shelter and supportive housing project at its next meeting on Monday, June 5. The meeting concludes a 45-day period initiated by the council, to gather information about two other sites in addition to the King County property at 14350 SE Eastgate Way, which is the subject of a letter of agreement to pursue the site as the shelter location. The new site charts are available online.

Councilmembers will discuss the topic during their study session beginning at 6 p.m. Public comment will take place at the regular session, beginning at 8 p.m. Normal rules will apply, with up to three persons permitted to speak on each side of a topic, at three minutes a piece.

On April 17, through a 4-3 vote, the council gave direction to pursue siting the proposed men's shelter and supportive housing facility at the Eastgate site. However, the council also agreed to gather information about two additional sites:

  • Lincoln Center, 515 116th Ave. NE. A city-owned facility where a portion of the southern office building served as the interim site for the Eastside Winter Shelter this past winter.

  • Sound Transit Operations & Maintenance Facility: East, located along 120th Avenue Northeast and just north of the future Spring Boulevard, in the BelRed area. A large portion of the site is required for the maintenance facility, with future transit-oriented development planned for the location after construction of the facility is complete and any remaining property is determined to be surplus.

Establishing a permanent Eastside shelter is a 2016-17 City Council Vision Priority. The project associated with the initially proposed Eastgate site is in partnership with King County, Congregations for the Homeless and Imagine Housing. As proposed, the shelter would operate under a low-barrier model, meaning the facility generally would not turn anyone in need away; however strict standards for behavior and clear protocols for anyone not meeting those standards would be part of the operating model.

More details about the proposed shelter and supportive housing project are available. Residents can also email their comments about the informational charts or the project at any time to: EastsideMensShelter@bellevuewa.gov.

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