BY MARKHAM MCINTYRE
The Seattle Metro Chamber joined the 23 other businesses and organizations that make up the Coalition for Housing Solutions to send a letter to City of Seattle leaders offering a host of potential actions that would help increase housing affordability in Seattle.
This letter represents the culmination of a series of workshops and economic research done by the Coalition, and the full list of suggestions is in the letter’s appendix.
BY KIRO 7 STAFF
Alarmed by rising rents, housing advocates Monday unveiled a long list of proposals to make Seattle more affordable.
They ranged from issuing $500 million in city bonds for affordable housing to rent control, or stabilization, which is now illegal under state law.
BY DANIEL BEEKMAN
Players in Seattle’s real-estate industry and advocates for low-income housing are ratcheting up the pressure on Mayor Ed Murray as the May 30 deadline for his task force to issue recommendations on the city’s housing-affordability woes draws closer.
The business people and activists are pushing in opposite directions on several issues, including a proposed fee on developers and local rent control. There also are a few areas where the frequent combatants are beginning to overlap.
BY JOSH FEIT
Isn’t it weird that…at a time when affordable housing is arguably the most pressing issue in the city, the mayor announced today that he’s turning housing property into a park. There’s nothing wrong with parks, but in a city with limited land that’s simultaneously resistant to density, it’s a blown opportunity.
BY JOSH FEIT
A draft of the letter obtained by PubliCola states: “Utilization of publicly owned land: The City of Seattle and other public agencies own significant parcels of vacant or underutilized land capable of supporting infill housing. There are a variety of models and partnership arrangements that the city could utilize to develop affordable housing on publicly owned land.”
BY JOSH FEIT
BY MARC STILES
“If the comprehensive plan amendments and the new tax are adopted as proposed, there will be a substantial dampening effect on the ability to provide housing in the city, to provide smart growth development, and to develop successful mass transit,” states the coalition’s appeal, which attorney Rich Hill drafted.
By Daniel Beekman
Updating the Seattle City Council’s housing committee Thursday on the progress of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, city officials presented feedback from three community meetings and early results from an online public survey.