Last summer a buzz started around Snoqualmie when Imagine Housing announced its plan to build a lower-income, 160-unit apartment complex on a parcel of land (S-20) adjacent to the new Eagle Point neighborhood on Snoqualmie Ridge.
At the time it was stated that project’s financing hinged on the Snoqualmie City Council giving land (S-20) for the project tax-exempt status. It was a point that created a lot of debate among citizens. Many turned out for a June city council meeting about this potential project and it’s tax exemption possibility.
In the end, it was determined that utility infrastructure for land parcel S-20 would not be ready until possibly 2013, so the city council asked Imagine Housing to incorporate public input into their project plans and provide them an updated proposal.
According to Councilwoman Maria Henriksen, “We asked that Imagine take all public comment into consideration in their next proposal and that they do greater public outreach before coming back to Council.”
Imagine Housing’s community outreach begins Wednesday, January 23rd. That’s the date they will hold a Snoqualmie community outreach meeting to reveal Imagine Housing’s latest plans for its Snoqualmie affordable housing project. The meeting happens from 7-9PM at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 SE Ridge Street.
Imagine Housing and the development team are asking Snoqualmie residents to join them as they “share the next generation of our plans for Snoqualmie Ridge Parcel S-20.”
At the meeting, Imagine Housing plans to share the past community input which has been infused into the latest plan and give residents a chance to provide further input and have additional questions answered.
According to Imagine Housing Executive Director, Ann Levine, they are still seeking a tax-exempt exempt status for land parcel S-20, as previously announced last summer.
Levine also said, “We [Imagine Housing] also are analyzing our ability to move forward with the project without it if the city declines the request.” She said details for a “no tax exempt” project would be discussed further at the January 23rd meeting.
The project has not been approved by the Snoqualmie City Council yet. The Imagine Housing project would fulfill Snoqualmie Ridge II Mixed Use Plan’s affordable rental housing requirement. That Mixed Use Plan legally requires Snoqualmie Ridge II to contain both “for sale” and “for rent” affordable housing. The “for sale” affordable requirement has already been completed.
About Imagine Housing
Imagine Housing, formerly St. Andrews Housing Group, develops permanent, affordable rental housing for individuals and families in East King County. The increasingly high cost of living in Washington State is forcing families to move into areas with no transportation, few job opportunities and little personal security.
The company’s goal is to bring affordable housing to King County’s Eastside, the most populous county in Washington, and to create communities where individuals and families where can live regardless of their income level; a community that can provide people such as teachers, service professionals and minimum wage earners affordable housing, allowing them live in the same cities where they work.