Mon. Nov 13 Meeting

Meeting Date

  1. Plymouth presentation and Q&A

  2. Release of the EIS for the upzones

  3. Emergency hub representative for Nov 16th

  4. Purchase guerrilla garden on the pipeline, for sale

  5. Holiday party


went around for introductions, roughly 20 in attendance total, including 9 board members

board members present: Brian, Paul, Mike, Michael, Linda, Yeorgia, Bill, Rebecca, Marc (all except Larry)

Laura Jenkins from City Dept of Neighborhoods, works with Karen Ho


Plymouth housing group

501 Rainier Ave S

Community question (from Alma): Will un-housed folks in the area get any priority for housing?

Fair amount of community outreach for the past 6 weeks

Bo Scarim went through a presentation: handed out packet presentation.

Construction to begin in 2019, auto shop to remain in business until the demolition begins

Filling occupancy

King County, "coordinated entry for all" helps fulfill housing

Plymouth used to have their own waiting list, but now works with the county and social workers

Fair housing laws require equal opportunity, so they can't necessarily prioritize homeless population based on locale, but the bureaucracy of the "coordinated entry for all" makes it hard to be more flexible

There is a "set-aside", First Hill location, partnered with Harborview to house units with direct-referral from Harborview; perhaps there could be a referral partnership in the Little Saigon area – such as Peter's Place?

Other background

Navigation Ctr is transitional housing, vs. Plymouth housing is permanent housing (Plymouth would be "next step" from Navigation Ctr). People could come into Plymouth from Navigation Ctr, as could people directly off the street.

90% of residents are disabled, 20% are veterans, many are senior citizens, Plymouth focuses on these specific types of community members, so they likely won't be able to fully "get back on their feet", rather they are trying to provide stability and ability for these people to be part of society in a sustainable way.

They don't have the budget for LEED certifications, but they will be helping with the green-way efforts of King St., including providing additional landscaping for the wider sidewalks. They are trying to synchronize and coordinate with SDOT so that they can hopefully build the sidewalk once in a future-focused way.

They don't provide meals specifically, but they will work with various community partners, to provide meals or entertainment every so often such as movies, etc monthly.

Units are full-sized with kitchens, etc

Each unit is only for a single person; people can have "companion animals" at a doctor recommendation, but not necessarily pets (and also not specific to service animals).

Plan is to have residents that represent the area proportionally. However, the county-wide system is likely not representative of the racial mix of this area, so Plymouth is trying to figure out different ways to better match with the current overall homeless population – this is how they know the county referrals don't match the homeless population in terms of race, gender, etc.

They are hoping to hire within the neighborhood and will put priority on employing people in the local community, including during the construction phase.

More info: Bo Scarim: 206-374-9409,

Release of the EIS for the upzones

EIS from the city

Interactive map

Under HALA MHA (Mandatory Housing Affordability), large areas of the city are planned to be upzoned – all land in urban villages, along transit corridors, and mixed use zones outside of urban villages. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which came out last Thursday, and there is an appeal process.

HALA MHA is supposed to provide 6,000 units of the 20,000 units affordable provided by HALA. The bulk of the affordable units come from the Housing Levy and other sources. HALA MHA gets the 6000 units by channeling fees developers would pay when developing in the areas upzoned.

The appeal address issues related to parking, transit, access, sewage, schools, etc.

We don't need to sign-on for the appeal (it will happen regardless) – the appeal claims that upzone EIS has not adequately studied and mitigated all the impacts adequately.

Would JPCC like to join the EIS appeal?

This happened during the same time that the city disbanded the District Councils and many believe that this was to prevent the neighborhoods from working collectively against the top-down planning for neighborhoods that the blanket upzones represent.

This is a city-wide coalition, and if we join then we will have a representative with the group.

Rebecca proposes to have an online vote, Michael seconds: unanimously approved – email by Monday November 20.

Additional info from Mark: [he] believes these are the zoning changes per designation, at least for LR1 they are not something you will see on the map:

Emergency Hub

Need someone to go to Discovery Park meeting; location is Discovery Park Visitors Center

Purchase guerrilla garden on the pipeline

They are selling the property -- Sharon lives across the way from the property. If the community is interested in preserving the space, they may be able to get grant money and partner with City Parks. Was initially considered for home-site. The sewer doesn't come down far enough. Asking for $800k; in 2009, the sales price was $350k. Perhaps going through P-Patch would be a better route than going through parks. Likely needs to happen separate from the monthly meeting. There is some sort of document that solidified Homesite agreement with P-Patch

our Community Garden Coalition

if anyone else wants to get involved in our Community Garden Coalition please email Gia at

Holiday party

Next meeting, 6-8pm in this space, Anne to help plan. Anne won't be here that Day

Dec. 11th; need someone to lead cake walk

Paul motions to adjourn 8:11pm, Brian seconds