Jun 05, 2017
Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
Land Use Information Bulletin
A Twice-Weekly Bulletin Announcing Land Use Applications, Decisions, Hearings, and Appeals

Area:     Address:
Project:     Zone: Notice Date: 06/05/2017

Proponent:  City of Seattle Office of Housing

Lead Agency:  City of Seattle Office of Housing


Project Location:  The site is the former Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center and is bordered by W Lawton Street to the north, 36th Avenue W to the east, W Government Way to the south and Discovery Park to the west.


Description of the Proposal: The City of Seattle is considering redevelopment options to allow housing and park uses on the 28-acre former Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center site located in the Magnolia neighborhood in northwest Seattle. Anticipated uses include supportive housing for formerly homeless people, affordable rental and ownership housing for low income families and individuals, a variety of public park uses (including both active and natural uses), and a park maintenance facility.



City of Seattle Office of Housing, as the SEPA lead agency, has determined that this proposal may have significant adverse environmental impacts on the environment.  An EIS is required under RCW 43.21C.030 (2)(c) and will be prepared.  The EIS will address probable significant adverse environmental impacts of the proposed Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment.


Elements of the Environment:  The lead agency has preliminarily identified the following elements for analysis in the EIS:


· Geology/Soils

  • Housing/Socioeconomics/Environmental Justice

· Air Quality

  • Aesthetics/Visual Resources

· Biological Resources

  • Recreation/Open Space

· Environmental Health

  • Historic/Cultural Resources

· Noise

  • Transportation

· Land Use

  • Public Services


  • Utilities



The lead agency has preliminarily identified four alternatives that will be analyzed in the EIS:


Development of a mix of affordable housing onsite, including homeless and affordable rental and ownership housing, with a portion of the site likely rezoned to Lowrise residential zoning. Public park uses would also be created, including active park facilities, preserved existing natural areas and conversion of an existing structure to a park maintenance facility;  


Development of market rate single family housing under current zoning onsite, and construction of homeless and affordable housing at an off-site location;  


Development of the entire site as a public park, and construction of homeless and affordable housing at an off-site location; and


No redevelopment of the site; existing structures onsite would be maintained.  



Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the scope of the EIS. You may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.  Methods for presenting your comments are described below.  All comments are due no later than 5:00 PM, June 26, 2017, and may be submitted:




Meeting Location:      Daybreak Star Cultural Center

                                  5011 Bernie Whitebear Way

                                  Seattle, WA 98199


Meeting Date/Time:  June 19, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

                                   6:30-7:30pm: Open House

                                  7:30-8:30pm: Public Comment


SEPA Responsible Official:

Steve Walker

Director, Office of Housing

PO Box 94725

Seattle, WA 98124-4725