FOLLOWUP: Seattle City Light work on Myers Way, as part of encampment-expansion preps

If you’ve driven Myers Way today, you probably noticed the Seattle City Light crews working on the east side of the road. It’s part of preparations for the expansion of Camp Second Chance on the west side of Myers, now that it’s a city-authorized encampment. Last Friday night, the city’s homelessness director George Scarola sent a round of updates related to the CSC authorization/expansion, and it included word of the City Light work as part of commitments made to the community:

… *Seattle City Light will install street lighting on the east side of Myers Way from Olson Place to the King County border starting Monday, March 13.

*The City engaged an environmental firm to do surface soil testing, and the results show safe levels of contaminants in surface soil.

*The City installed a perimeter fence to delineate the site and protect the wetlands.

*Seattle Police Department (SPD) has cited and towed several RVs parked along Myers Way. …

The need for more lighting on Myers Way was brought up at February’s community meeting by Highland Park Action Committee chair Gunner Scott. Scarola’s update promised a third community meeting soon, and also said that new campers would be accepted at CSC as soon as this Thursday. Applications are also being accepted for the Community Advisory Committee promised as part of the encampment’s presence; here’s the application, if you’re interested. The camp is now formally authorized for one year of operations, with a potential to renew for a second year.

11 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Seattle City Light work on Myers Way, as part of encampment-expansion preps"

  • Joan March 14, 2017 (8:37 pm)

    Hoping this will be a great and safe location for campers. I’ve noticed how much refuse collects at other locations because people have no place nearby to dispose of trash. Any idea if the city will put in trash containers? 

    • WSB March 14, 2017 (8:44 pm)

      They already have; we reported on that a couple weeks ago.

      • Joan March 14, 2017 (8:48 pm)

        Excellent news, sorry I missed reading that! Thank you WSB for staying on top of things!!

  • WestCake March 14, 2017 (8:48 pm)

    Where do they go in a lightening storm? 

    • badnews March 14, 2017 (10:50 pm)

      we do have a lot of lightening storms????

  • Space Dust March 15, 2017 (5:20 am)

    So, who’s paying for all of this?

    I hope they keep it clean, not like under the Freeway. Just because you give them a trash can…doest mean they will use it.

    • WSB March 15, 2017 (7:32 am)

      Yes, actually, it’s being used. It was brought in shortly after the last community meeting and we’ve gone by multiple times since then. You can see for yourself from Myers Way. (Photo at top of this story, too.)

  • Jaylaw March 15, 2017 (6:24 am)

    Well that’s happy news. Maybe when they’re done they can finally install a light (and sidewalks) on my street. You know, the one I’ve been asking about for years and the house I pay property taxes on.  Nah, probably won’t happen.

    • WS Lifer March 16, 2017 (11:23 pm)

      He says whilst living in the glass house….consider contributing to the solution (helping others less fortunate) rather than complaining about what you don’t have. 

  • JoB March 15, 2017 (8:42 am)

    the additional lighting will benefit the community as well…
    this is a good thing.

  • unknown March 15, 2017 (9:55 am)

    Yes the lights will benefit the community but who pays for the lighting? I as a home owner, pay for the street lights on our street it is included in our sewer bill. 

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