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Community Action takes step to get move to Burlington on track

August 1, 2018

BURLINGTON — Community Action of Skagit County is requesting Burlington review its proposal to move to a new headquarters within the city.

In a mid-July letter to Burlington, the nonprofit applied for a process called code interpretation in which city staff would determine what type of services Community Action could provide at their planned new facility on Cascade Place.

The city will then respond to the application with a breakdown of what services are and aren’t allowable in the facility.

The nonprofit has been planning a move to Burlington to a larger building for at least a year and has been fundraising since November.

The new building would house the nonprofit’s current operations, but Burlington City Council members were alarmed when they heard Community Action may add a hygiene center for the county’s homeless population sometime after opening.

The council’s response — a six-month moratorium on day centers for the homeless — was called overly broad by Community Action, and Campaign Director Joan Penney said it hurt fundraising efforts.

By doing a code interpretation, Community Action is hoping to get their move back on track and continue trying to sell their current building in Mount Vernon.

Bill Henkel, executive director of Community Action, said he expects a response from the city within three weeks.

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