Northwest NEWS

February 22, 1999

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Bothell City Council deals with affordable housing

Hears from Representative Inslee

   The Bothell City Council approved A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) 1999 Work Program and the 1999 ARCH Administrative Budget at the February 16 regular meeting.

   Bothell, one of eight Eastside cities pooling their resources for affordable housing through ARCH, approved the allocation of $65,000 of Community Development Block Grand (CDBG) funds to Downtown Action to Save Housing (DASH), a low-income housing agency. The council designated $106,977 in 1999 CDBG "pass-through" funds as ARCH housing development set-aside. ARCH serves as a regional facilitator of funds from Eastside cities and King County to create or preserve housing for low to moderate income residents.

   DASH plans to construct 51 units at a Kenmore Senior Apartment development, the first phase of a 100-unit facility on a two-acre site at 7302 NE 182nd in Kenmore. Forty of the units will be for low-income seniors, age 62 and older, and affordable at 40% of median income; ten units for independent living special needs households also at 40%; and one unit for a resident manager, affordable at 50% of median income. The second phase will be 49 family-type units that will accept young low-to-moderate income families.

   Another ARCH program provided funds for the Riverside Landing project, a 50-unit low-to-moderate income apartment complex, scheduled to open March 15.

   The council allocated $18,404 in the 1999 Bothell Budget to ARCH for administrative support of ARCH activities which is 6.8% of the total 1999 ARCH administrative budget. King County provides 30.3% and the City of Bellevue 22.4%.

   First District U. S. Representative Jay Inslee visited the council to discuss three issues: transportation, salmon restoration, and after-school programs.

   "We are shooting high for the Sound Transportation appropriation," said Inslee, who added that there is a reasonable chance of getting it with such a good local match from Puget Sound citizens. "Traffic is strangling our folks," said Inslee.

   Mayor Debbie Treen expressed concerns about the lack of direct benefit to the City of Bothell with the Sound Transportation revisions that eliminated planned bus routes from Bothell.

   "Be vocal," encouraged Inslee about getting an east-west route rewritten into the plan. "Buses carry the bulk of the folks."

   Inslee spoke of the challenges for the city and the country with the expected listing of the Chinook salmon as an "endangered species" on March 9 by the National Marine Fisheries. "The President has proposed $100 billion to build up salmon restoration, but the bad news is that costs will exceed that," said Inslee. "We need to spend the money on scientific-based information."

   The third topic was the President's budget for after-school programs developed between City Parks and Recreation departments and school districts. "We need to use these funds for programs between 3 and 6 p.m. when most teenage crime and pregnancies occur with kids," said Inslee.