Community meetings scheduled regarding YWCA housing facility

November 25, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Building permits for remodeling may have been approved by King County for the new YWCA facility near Cedar Grove Road, but local residents have not withdrawn their lawsuit.

Members of the Cedar Hills Rural Preservation Alliance are hosting a public awareness meeting about their lawsuit against the county for issuing the YWCA’s Passage Point Facility at the former Cedar Hills Alcohol Treatment Center, 15900 227th Ave. S.E.

One meeting was Nov. 24; the other is Dec. 2 at the King County Library Service Center.

The group has a lawsuit pending against county officials who they say authorized a nonconforming use permit to develop a dense urban housing project in an area county officials have zoned as rural. 

The purpose of the meetings is to inform other residents of the alliance’s “newly filed legal challenge, the long-term effects the Passage Point Housing project would have on you and your family, our rural community and the Issaquah School District,” according to information from the alliance.

The county’s permits allow YWCA officials to remodel the old facility into 46 units of new one- and two-bedroom apartments. The facility will provide housing, employment and counseling services to men and women who have recently been released from incarceration, hospitalization or who are homeless and wish to reunite with and act as caregivers to their children. 

The alliance is made up of individual property owners in the Four Lakes, Cedar Hills and Cedar Mountain neighborhoods, several communities bordering the site.

The group filed the complaint in Snohomish County Superior Court in November 2007 to challenge the lawfulness of the County Council’s decision to provide easements to and to sell the alcohol treatment facility to the YWCA for Passage Point. 

The suit had been temporarily held, but the issuance of permits by county officials has brought it to the forefront again.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com.

 

If you go

Public meeting

Cedar Hills Rural Preservation Alliance

8 p.m. Dec. 2

King County Library Service Center

960 Newport Way N.W.

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