Washington State Government and Public Real Estate News

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $1,672,500 in grants and loans for infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Woodland, Town of Twisp, Port of Douglas County and the City of Lynden.
Council President Tim Burgess announced today he will advance two separate pieces of legislation that protect tenants and seek to preserve affordable housing.
Raleigh architect and educator Frank Harmon, FAIA, will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Residential Design Forum presented by the American Institute of Architects Seattle, WA., chapter (AIA Seattle) on Monday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Experts are predicting an early start to the grass and forest fire season. Meanwhile, Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway is urging homeowners to take simple steps to prevent injuries and damage.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said today there are no plans at this time to raise drinking water rates in the event conservation efforts, prompted by a statewide drought, cause a decline in Utility revenues.
United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging David W. Griffin (44, Lutz) with one count of mail fraud, nine counts of bankruptcy fraud, two counts of making a false statement under oath during a bankruptcy proceeding, and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the mail fraud charge, and up to five years on each of the bankruptcy fraud and false statement charges
Western Peterbilt, LLC, a Seattle truck sales and repair shop, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stemming from violations of the federal Clean Water Act. As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to pay $129,000 penalty for allowing both process wastewater and polluted stormwater to be discharged to the Seattle stormwater system without a permit.
Western Peterbilt, LLC, a Seattle truck sales and repair shop, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stemming from violations of the federal Clean Water Act. As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to pay $129,000 penalty for allowing both process wastewater and polluted stormwater to be discharged to the Seattle stormwater system without a permit.
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman has presented the Seattle Seahawks a special medallion for exceptional public service through its charitable and community-building efforts.
President and CEO, Phillip Lanzafame, says the future holds even more promise. “In just the past few months, we have secured another new product approval in 2 of the leading USA telecommunications organizations, Verizon and Cox Communications.” This adds to the growing list of Levelok products now used by hundreds of utilities across the globe
Councilmember Jean Godden today issued the following statement in response to Mayor Murray's directive that the Department of Neighborhoods and the Department of Planning & Development begin a 60-day review of options for the Sisley properties in the Roosevelt neighborhood:
The county manger is calling for applications, nominations and recommendations for volunteers to serve on the county’s Clean Water Commission, filling an unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2016.
Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize a critical tax provision for improving access to affordable housing and spurring private investment in developments that support small businesses and construction jobs nationwide
Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with ERRG, Inc. to transform Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle’s Central District into a celebratory space worthy of its namesake, hometown rock icon Jimi Hendrix. The 2.5-acre green space, located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, will come to life throughout the summer and is scheduled to be complete by the end of September 2015
Clark County would hire two building safety inspectors and a customer support specialist to help complete local projects under a budget proposal headed for public hearing before the Board of County Councilors
Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill by a vote of 240 to 170. The Senate must now write and pass an appropriations bill
Jaime Herrera Beutler and Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) joined together yesterday to push for a long term solution for rural communities disqualified from community development grants
Developers and nonprofit organizations will create or renovate 457 affordable homes across the state, thanks to almost $67 million in financing approved last Friday by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission
REACH CDC announced the completion of the preservation of Towne Square Apartments located in Washougal, WA. Towne Square is comprised of 40 affordable homes for low-income families and strengthens REACH’s mission of providing safe, decent and affordable homes in Washington and Oregon.
Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.R. 2097, the Bureau of Reclamation Surface Water Storage Streamlining Act of 2015 to streamline the Bureau of Reclamation’s environmental planning and study process for new surface water storage projects. The bill would apply the same streamlined water project development process used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Water Resources Reform Development Act of 2014 to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in order to facilitate the construction of new dams and reservoirs
Washington Homeowners To Receive Assistance In Multi-State Ocwen Loan Servicing Settlement

Restitution includes funds for homeowners wrongly foreclosed upon and principal reductions for current homeowners whose property values are under water

OLYMPIA – December 20, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Division of Consumer Services is pleased to announce a multi-state loan servicing settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, state Attorneys General and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. more »

 
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