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Durkan will advance $90 mil plan for low-income housing

February 5, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan soon will advance the city’s long-delayed plan to convert unused land next to Discovery Park into more than 200 affordable homes.

The Seattle Times reports that for a decade, legal challenges and economic forces stymied the effort to redevelop Fort Lawton in Magnolia. But a ruling last year cleared the way for Seattle to move ahead with a plan that the city now estimates could cost about $90 million and that Durkan says she supports.

The mayor released an updated version Monday and said she would send it to the City Council soon.

The Durkan administration has scheduled a public meeting for Feb. 11 to take comments. The updated plan says building about 240 housing units would cost about $87 million, while two recreation fields would add up to another $7 million.

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