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Council approves affordable housing at Seattle’s Fort Lawton

June 11, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has approved a long-delayed plan to redevelop unused Army land next to Discovery Park about 240 affordable homes and open spaces.

The Seattle Times reports the $90 million plan was updated by Mayor Jenny Durkan in February and approved Monday.

It calls for the 34-acre (14 hectares) Fort Lawton property in the Magnolia neighborhood to be replaced by 85 studio apartments for formerly homeless seniors, 100 rentals for low-income individuals and families and up to 52 affordable homes for sale.

The city would also convert land into two athletic fields, make 13 grassy acres (5 hectares) available for picnicking and incorporate several more wooded acres into Discovery Park.

Nonprofits including the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Catholic Community Services and Habitat for Humanity would build the housing using city, state and federal funding.

Seattle’s plan calls for construction to begin in 2021.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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