OCTOBER 6, 1997
ARCH presents Woodinview housing options
by Andrew Walgamott
WOODINVILLE--The Planning Commission is slated to study plans and guidelines next week for an affordable housing project to be built on approximately 20 acres of King County surplus property near the downtown area.
October 15, a representative from ARCH, A Regional Coalition for Housing, will show the commission slides of different housing styles as the city and county begin developing a master plan and design guidelines for the property. The parcel is located south of N.E. N. Woodinville Way near Shurgard Storage.
Though only 10 to 12 acres of the property are buildable, Art Sullivan, executive director of ARCH, estimated 150 units would be built there. Portions of the land are constricted by steep slopes and wetlands. The development would be known as Woodinview.
Sullivan said housing would be split equally between senior rental, family rental and family ownership. "It's housing for the community and its employees, and it's for seniors who might be on pensions or fixed incomes," Sullivan said. The Planning Commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers behind City Hall.
King County has set aside $500,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds, Woodinville has agreed to waive permit fees on affordable housing units, and ARCH has made funds available for feasibility studies in conjunction with this property. Previously the county proposed using the property for a solid waste transfer station and a jail. Surplused in 1995, the county transferred the parcel from the Solid Waste Division to the housing and community development program last May.
Last week, County Executive Ron Sims identified three other local county-owned properties potentially suitable for affordable housing including 2.25 acres near Woodinville-Duvall Rd. and 156th Ave. N.E., .84 acres near N.E. 45th St. and 326th Ave. N.E. in Carnation and .06 acres in Duvall at Third Ave. and Valley St.