Saturday, March 12, 2011

City Of Seattle Moves Forward On SODO Homeless Camp

City Of Seattle Moves Forward On SODO Homeless Camp: "Seattle city officials say they're moving forward with a plan to create a semi–permanent homeless camp in the SODO neighborhood. Soon the city aims to find funding for the project and an organization to manage the site. KUOW's Liz Jones reports.

The location for the city–sanctioned tent city is about 2.5 miles south of Safeco Field. The site is a former peanut butter factory known as Sunny Jim. It was destroyed by a fire earlier this year. The land is in the industrial part of SODO, right next to I–5. It's also close to a greenbelt known as the jungle, which has a long history of public safety concerns.
Smith: 'But look here's the deal, we want those folks there to feel just as safe as I or you would in our neighborhood, as related to the jungle. That's the bottom line.'
That's Deputy Mayor Daryl Smith. He says the city will work with the community to make sure the site is secure and safe. The city plans to raze the site and put up a structure with office space, bathrooms and an eating area. It'll also team up with an organization to manage the camp and help raise funds to support it."

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