Letter From the Office of Housing about Fort Lawton Army Reserve

September 13, 2017

Dear stakeholder,

Thank you for participating in the scoping process for the Fort Lawton EIS. The Office of Housing has now published a Scoping Report summarizing the range of comments received during the public comment period, and finalizing changes to the scope of the EIS. We are proceeding with the range of housing and park alternatives presented in our scoping process, but have made modifications to the scope to ensure that we study issues raised in public comments. This includes studying potential impacts on Discovery Park and Kiwanis Ravine, proposed services for residents of affordable housing, and increases in school demand associated with new housing, among other items. The full report is available here.

We received numerous comments requesting inclusion of a school in the range of alternatives. In response to interest from Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the Office of Housing provided additional time for SPS to evaluate the site more closely, and determine whether it had a feasible path to include a school in the redevelopment. After closer investigation, SPS determined that it would be unable to meet federal Department of Education requirements for a property conveyance for educational use. In particular, SPS did not believe it would meet the criteria around financial ability and immediate need, based on its past experience applying for federal property, and its review of data on projected student population. A copy of the letter from SPS is available here.

The next step in the planning process will be preparation of a Draft EIS. This document will be made public later this year, which will be followed by a 45-day public comment period and a public hearing. We will publicize this step to everyone on this email list.

Finally, we have also posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to address some of the most common questions we received during the scoping period.

Thank you for your continued engagement, and please look out for more updates in the future.