VIDEO: Urban Homestead Foundation celebrates big grant in campaign to transform ex-substation

(WSB video: Urban Homestead Foundation vp Kristen Corning Bedford announcing grant news)

Leaders and supporters of the Urban Homestead Foundation‘s vision for the ex-substation on Genesee Hill had big news to celebrate today. As you can hear in our video clip above, they’ve been recommended to receive a King County Conservation Futures $281,000 matching-fund grant that would get them to half of what they need to buy the land and transform it into a community learning and gathering place and urban-agriculture demonstration zone.

The grant recommendation was announced during a block-party potluck at the site. They’re also celebrating gifts of all sizes – earlier in the day, Girl Scout Troop 44428 stopped by with a $350 donation:

(Photo courtesy UHF president Katie Stemp)

While the grant recommendation is big news, the group is racing the clock, as they were given until the end of this year to raise the money they need before City Light sells the site on the open market; the utility is in the process of getting a new appraisal (the previous one put the site’s value at $530,000). Later this summer, UHF plans a Farm Dinner fundraiser at the site, 5 pm August 13th – more details to come but you can save the date now.

BACKSTORY: The site at 50th and Dakota, just north of Genesee Hill Elementary, is one of the six former substations in West Seattle that Seattle City Light declared were no longer needed, putting into motion a process to sell or otherwise dispose of them. Three of them – on Pigeon Point, in south Highland Park, and in Fauntleroy – have been or are being sold for housing; one in north Highland Park is proposed for mixed-use rezoning at the community’s request; and then there’s the one becoming the Delridge Wetlands Project. The UHF plan is described in detail in the application for the just-announced grant.

4 Replies to "VIDEO: Urban Homestead Foundation celebrates big grant in campaign to transform ex-substation"

  • d June 25, 2017 (9:48 am)

    That’s super cool hopefully someone will do the same thing for the one on 16th and Holden 

  • Tamsen Spengler June 25, 2017 (12:10 pm)

    Congratulations to the Urban Farm Foundation!  Such great news. The timebank will be working on assisting with raising other $ needed. This is a fantastic program and needed in our community. Great to hear some good news. 

  • Suba T. June 25, 2017 (3:13 pm)

    Dakota Park, the already transformed  former City Light substation at California SW and and SW Dakota north of the Junction, deserves a mention in this article.

    • WSB June 25, 2017 (3:26 pm)

      That was long before the group of six involved here – 2009.

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