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Council Roundup: Affordable housing strategy in next phase

In their first council meeting back from the August recess, City Councilmembers were given an update on the affordable housing strategy. The council approved staff's recommendations to move forward evaluating over 30 potential actions with only minor modifications. The next study phase will look at the potential for preserving or creating affordable housing in Bellevue, among other outcomes, and be used by the council to inform their choices of which actions to include in the strategy. During the briefing, staff stressed that further evaluation of the actions does not mean they will be included in the final plan.

WORKSHOP CAN CERTIFY HOMEOWNERS FOR WELL AND SEPTIC INSPECTIONS

Homeowners can learn how to inspect gravity-fed septic systems, maintain their septic systems and wells, and prevent costly repairs at a workshop sponsored by Clark County and Washington State University Clark County Extension

HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR FOR YOUR HOME REMODEL OR CONSTRUCTION

Finding a competent, reliable contractor can seem like a major hurdle to building or remodeling your home. Even with a good contractor, building new or renovating the old can be stressful, expensive and involve unpleasant surprises

Larsen Announces Grants Headed to Northwest Washington To Address Homelessness Among Veterans

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today announced that nearly $1.5 million in federal grants have been awarded to two Washington organizations to support their work to prevent homelessness among veterans.

Bellevue’s oldest building to move

Bellevue's oldest surviving structure, the Burrows Cabin, is moving. Built by Civil War veteran Albert Burrows in 1883, the cabin will be transported early Friday from its current spot off of 112th Avenue Northeast to Chism Beach Park

THREE BUSINESSES RECOGNIZED AT GREEN BUSINESS MORNING BLEND

Clark County’s Green Business program recognized three businesses at Thursday’s Morning Blend networking event at the new downtown Hudson Building. The event had record attendance and was followed by a green ribbon cutting

Washington State Office of Homeless Youth awards $2.5 million in grants

Efforts to ensure that young people and families have the individualized support they need to avoid homelessness got a boost from $2.5 million in grants announced today by the state’s Office of Homeless Youth. Funding will support emergency housing and rental assistance, crisis intervention services, outreach to connect homeless youth with resources such as drug and alcohol treatment, and other assistance to young adults age 18 through 24 in communities throughout Washington state

Bellevue’s Highland Village apartment complex preserved as affordable housing

The King County Housing Authority has reached an agreement with local builder Intracorp to preserve the Highland Village apartment complex as affordable housing. The unprecedented agreement allows the 76 apartments to remain permanently as affordable housing. Intracorp had submitted plans to redevelop the property to build 87 new, for sale townhomes

TOUR NEW GREEN BUILDING AT GREEN BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT

lark County’s Green Business Program will host a Morning Blend networking event and building tour 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Pacific Continental Bank, 101 E. Sixth St. This Morning Blend event provides an opportunity to network and discuss green business efforts in a newly constructed green building in downtown Vancouver. Representatives from Pacific Continental Bank, professional design firm Mackenzie, and development company Killian Pacific will describe their sustainability initiatives

Jaime Herrera Beutler Applauds Win-Win Agreement Between Skamania County, Forest Service Over Gillette Lakes...

This week, as a result of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s intervention, the U.S. Forest Service and Skamania County signed a Memorandum of Agreement that allows the Forest Service to proceed with a land purchase to benefit the Pacific Crest Trail while ensuring that Skamania County will not suffer a loss in tax revenues.

Cantwell, Hatch Continue Fight for More Affordable Housing, Introduce Additional Comprehensive Legislation to Expand...

U.S. Senate Finance Committee member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the bipartisan Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016. This legislation continues the effort to expand the Affordable Housing Tax Credit by 50 percent to help combat the country’s growing affordable housing crisis, and includes major, comprehensive reforms to the program to enable it to better serve the extremely low income, homeless, rural and Native American communities.

John Burns Real Estate Consulting Experts State “Big Shifts Ahead” for Washington DC Market...

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning recently hosted an invite-only event for John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC) Principal Mollie Carmichael and Senior Vice President Dan Fulton. Carmichael and Fulton presented findings from JBREC's survey of over 21,000 home shoppers nationally, and JBREC's housing market outlook for the Washington, DC region and beyond. Rohit Anand, AIA, managing principal of KTGY’s East Coast office, offered his comments as well.

DelBene, McMorris Rodgers, Thompson, Kilmer Introduce Bill to Support Innovation in Wood Building Construction

Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would open up new markets and create jobs for rural economies by providing research, assistance and incentives for the construction of tall wood buildings throughout the United States.

CBRE’s Philip D. Voorhees and NRIG-West Team Complete Sale of Community Center in Tacoma,...

CBRE Executive Vice President Philip D. Voorhees announced today that he and the National Retail Investment Group – West (NRIG-West) team completed the sale of Lincoln Plaza, an 80,922-square-foot community shopping center in the city of Tacoma, WA, leased to a complementary mix of retail, service and restaurant tenants including Big 5, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, Men’s Warehouse, Skechers, Starbucks, Wingstop, Sprint and others. The sale price was $26.7 million. The property was approximately 95% occupied at the time of sale

PROPERTY INFORMATION CENTER WEBSITE IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

Clark County’s Property Information Center, Maps Online and other web resources are not working correctly at the moment. Unfortunately, that means property-related services and information in several county departments are temporarily unavailable

Sen. Murray Applauds Affordable Housing Grant for WA State Low-Income Families

U.S. Senator Patty Murray, (D-WA), a senior member of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, applauded the announcement that the Washington State Department of Commerce will receive $3,244,000 to increase the supply of rental housing and homeownership for low-income families. This grant was made possible through the first-ever disbursal from the Housing Trust Fund, a program that Senator Murray successfully fought to protect as a senior member of the THUD subcommittee, and part of her ongoing effort to tackle the homelessness epidemic

Ecology statement on Yakima enhancement bill passage

In response to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Act of 2016 amendment to the Senate Energy Bill passing the Senate and moving to the House, the Washington Department of Ecology issued the following statement

Larsen Announces Safety Grants for Skagit Regional Airport and Anacortes Airport

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today announced two federal grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for local airports in Skagit County. The Skagit Regional Airport will receive $73,675 and the Anacortes Airport will receive $298,675. Both grants will fund safety improvements

COUNTY HIRES MORE DEVELOPMENT STAFF TO MEET CONSTRUCTION UPSWING

The Board of County Councilors last week approved adding nine positions in Community Development to help meet increased building and development activity spurred by the improved economy. Additional staff is needed to serve the steadily growing number of people seeking building and remodeling permits, site development approvals and engineering on larger projects. With the nine, Permit Center waiting times should decrease, some contracted engineering work will be brought in-house, and inspections and plan reviews will move more quickly, said Marty Snell, Community Development director.

Merkley and Murray Announce Key Appropriations Win To Address Tribal Housing Needs In the...

U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Patty Murray of Washington announced today that the U.S. Senate is pressing the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to move forward with construction of new tribal housing at historical fishing sites to replace villages that were flooded during the creation of the Columbia River dams.

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KCHA spearheads successful effort to preserve nine subdized apartment complexes in...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- When a portfolio of nine privately owned Section 8-assisted housing complexes located in five counties scattered across Washington state was offered for sale last spring, the King County Housing Authority spearheaded a collaborative effort to purchase it. The housing authorities of Bremerton, Grays Harbor County, Yakima, and Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee participated in assuring the preservation of a total of 337 homes within the various communities.

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Council Roundup: Affordable housing strategy in next phase

In their first council meeting back from the August recess, City Councilmembers were given an update on the affordable housing strategy. The council approved staff's recommendations to move forward evaluating over 30 potential actions with only minor modifications. The next study phase will look at the potential for preserving or creating affordable housing in Bellevue, among other outcomes, and be used by the council to inform their choices of which actions to include in the strategy. During the briefing, staff stressed that further evaluation of the actions does not mean they will be included in the final plan.