DAKOTA HOMESTEAD: Community campaign to buy ex-substation rekindling

(Photos courtesy Urban Homestead Foundation)

We haven’t heard much about the Dakota Homestead campaign, raising money to buy the ex-substation at 50th/Dakota (across from Genesee Hill Elementary), but it’s still alive, supporters say, and they’re inviting you to an informational event next week. It’s been three and a half years since the campaign launched; along the way, organizers have amassed some donations as well as grant money, but they have further to go to achieve their dream of buying the site to turn it into a neighborhood preserve and gathering space, a hub for urban gardening and environmental education. Board members of the Urban Homestead Foundation will host an informal meeting and Q&A session 6-7 pm Wednesday (December 18th) at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 2306 42nd SW. Board member Rich Sheibley tells WSB, “We are also using this time to ask for volunteers to help us on this project, and provide an overview of where we plan to go from here.”

4 Replies to "DAKOTA HOMESTEAD: Community campaign to buy ex-substation rekindling"

  • Melissa December 13, 2019 (5:40 pm)

    Looking forward to this event! We hope to see many West Seattle neighbors Wednesday night!

  • Alex December 13, 2019 (6:29 pm)

    Glad to hear this community project is alive and well. I will be there next Wednesday for the Q&A!

  • John December 14, 2019 (9:20 am)

    Any info on the current state of the fundraising?  What is collected and what is needed?

    • Melissa December 14, 2019 (1:09 pm)

      Hi John! It’s Melissa from the UHF board. We will go over all of the details on Wednesday, but we are around 125K short and have some great fundraising ideas in the works and hope to get some volunteers on board to help with this.

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