Vacant 25-acre piece of land may become a new Seattle neighborhood

May 13, 2019, 1:30 PM | Updated: 4:52 pm
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A conceptual draft of what the sight might look like by Makers Architecture and Urban Design. (Photo courtesy of Makers Architecture and Urban Design)
(Photo courtesy of Makers Architecture and Urban Design)

In a city filled with rising rents and relentless redevelopment, you don’t often hear about new land becoming available. A 25-acre property between the Magnolia Bridge and the Interbay Golf Course will soon be vacant, and it may be big enough to be its own neighborhood.

“What’s fun about this is that land is at a premium here in Seattle and suddenly 25 acres within the city limits are becoming available now,” said KIRO Radio’s Tom Tangney. “It’s just fun to kind of imagine what would be the best use of 25 acres, and right now the key is they want figure out what’s best for the citizens of Seattle.”

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There isn’t much at the site at the moment. The Washington National Guard currently uses the space to store Humvees, but is looking to move the vehicles outside Seattle, reports KUOW. What will replace those Humvees remains to be seen.

Among the ideas proposed by the public at a recent community meeting include a community sports facility, housing with shops and a park, and a homeless camp with thousands of tiny homes.

Before any of that happens, though, the city has a committee trying to determine what the general purpose of the land should (public or industrial in nature), and whether rezoning would be required. It will likely take years for the Guard to move off the site.

“Well, it’s about what you want it to do: Do you want it to make money or cost money?” asked co-host John Curley. “If you turn it into a homeless camp it costs money; if you want to turn it into something that generates money in the form of either tax revenue or a place for people to live and all that other stuff then you turn it over to the commercial world. You let them put something in there.”

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The public will be able to weigh in again at an open house on May 15 at the Ballard VFW Hall (2812 NW Market St.) at 6:00 PM.

“It could be a bunch of affordable housing. It could be very high end housing that it’s economically advanced,” added Tom. “I think the idea would be to do what’s best for how Seattle envisions itself in the future.”

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Vacant 25-acre piece of land may become a new Seattle neighborhood