DESC Delridge project: 2 hearings this week – 1 here, 1 downtown

Turns out there are two public hearings this week related to the 66-unit DESC homeless-housing project planned for 5444 Delridge Way SW (the site at right). The first one has already been announced – Tuesday night (February 21), 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, everyone with something to say about the project is invited to come say it to the Delridge Supportive Housing Advisory Committee, which is tasked for starters with identifying community concerns regarding the project. What they hear at this first hearing will shape their focus in the months ahead. The second one is a Thursday public hearing before the Washington State Housing Finance Commission; one of the remaining pieces of funding for the project comes from Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and it’s up to the commission to decide who gets them. The DESC Delridge project is part of a sizable list of projects up for tax credits this year – the credits actually go to investors in exchange for their help in financing a project like this. The hearing is at 1 pm Thursday (February 23rd) in the commission’s board room at their downtown offices, on the 28th floor at 1000 Second Avenue. The official notice also includes information on how you can send written comments, if you can’t be at the hearing, as well as these words of warning: “The Commission will not consider testimony and written comments regarding land use, zoning, and environmental regulation.”

7 Replies to "DESC Delridge project: 2 hearings this week - 1 here, 1 downtown"

  • Delridgia February 19, 2012 (5:43 pm)

    I hope we have big turn-outs to really show our concerns and communicate DESC’s threat to this fragile community.
    And please do send in written comments not regarding land use, zoning, and environmental regulation.

  • Delridge Believer February 19, 2012 (6:50 pm)

    The photo is mostly of the neighbor’s property south of the DESC site. The majority of the DESC property is left of the white MUP sign shown above, but does not include all of the trees in the picture.

    • WSB February 19, 2012 (9:55 pm)

      We’ll crop it if I can’t find a different angle.

  • carlton February 20, 2012 (6:50 pm)

    Its a perfect fit for Delridge.

  • Me February 21, 2012 (12:11 pm)

    It is not only for homeless people. They are people who have adictions and they will be able to come in or out as they please. If they are found doing something wrong we are to call the office there and tell them. They will come get them and take them back there, where they will discess what they did wrong and that is it. The next day they will be able to go out and do it again. I am not so happy about it because it is so close to schools and day cares. We are to have certain billboards advertizing things so far away from schools (kids) but not people with addictions that will do it in public. What is up with that?? There are people who think delridge is a prefect place for it but those people just don’t want it where they are. I will be writing a letter to the committee do to having a small child and being a single parrent working two jobs.

  • KK February 22, 2012 (4:50 pm)

    TR, I just got off the phone with Steve Walker who is Director of Programming at the WA State Housing Finance Commission. He said definitively that the DESC tax credits meeting is March 22nd–not tomorrow. Can you help us get the word out? Would hate for neighbors to get off work for a meeting that is not happening. Thanks!

    • WSB February 22, 2012 (6:44 pm)

      I got conflicting responses this afternoon from folks at WSHFC this afternoon. I believe that “won’t be taken up tomorrow” is likely the final word but am still concerned, given that the notice of public hearing is a legally required notice, and it pointed to the longer list, plus they offered no explanation for the discrepancy …

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