Yearly Archives: 2015

Ecology grants improve water supplies, support jobs

The Washington Department of Ecology is awarding grants to public utility, conservation and irrigation districts to help improve local and regional water supplies in river basins across the state.

Cashmere developer restores Mission Creek shoreline

Cashmere developer George Valison has successfully restored the shoreline of Mission Creek, resolving $20,000 in civil penalties and orders associated with unpermitted excavation work in Mission Creek conducted in 2012

Cantwell Applauds Long-term Extension of Wind and Solar Tax Credits

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, applauded the long-term extension of critical clean energy tax credits for wind and solar energy in the omnibus spending bill.

Critical Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Fix to be Permanently Extended Under Cantwell Plan

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) applauded today the inclusion of her permanent credit rate floor for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit in the final tax extenders package. The critical fix to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit—a program that has financed 90 percent of affordable housing projects in the United States and more than 50,000 affordable housing units in Washington state—will be permanently renewed.

Murray Announces $45 Million for Affordable Housing

Mayor Ed Murray announced the City of Seattle's $45 million investment in affordable housing development through the Office of Housing's Rental Housing Program. Once completed, these 809 apartments will be home to low-income families, youth, seniors, and single adults, some of whom would otherwise be homeless

Newhouse Votes to Protect Rural Utilities and Support Hydropower

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse (WA-04), released the following statement applauding House passage of H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act. This legislation will modernize the country’s energy laws and infrastructure for the 21st Century, facilitate more domestic energy production, modernize our energy workforce, improve management of the electric grid on federal lands and forests, update hydropower regulations, and strengthen overall U.S. national security and energy independence.

Councilmember Licata: City Budget Increases Funding for Homeless in Response to Federal Cutbacks

Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Budget Committee sent a 2016 Budget to the Full Council

County council approves Clark County Stormwater and Manual update

The Board of County Councilors unanimously approved the county’s stormwater and code manual update today during a scheduled consent agenda meeting.

Water quality panel offers volunteer opportunity

Acting County Manager Mark McCauley is seeking volunteers to serve on the county’s Clean Water Commission. Two positions are available, and terms run from January 2016 through January 2019.

Seattle announces new funding for affordable housing near transit

The idea for the REDI fund emerged from a 3-year regional planning effort, Growing Transit Communities, which concluded in 2013. The City Council authorized the $1 million in the 2015 budget and asked the Mayor and the Office of Housing to develop a Regional Compact with King County, the State of Washington, and other regional public and private partners to govern expenditure of the fund.

Residents encouraged to comment on Bellevue’s draft water plan

The City of Bellevue invites residents to an open house on Nov. 19 to give input on the Draft Water System Plan, which describes how the city plans to meet water needs for the next 20 years. The open house will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, in Room 1E-113.

Cantwell Applauds Funding to Combat Homelessness Among Veterans

In Seattle, homeless veterans in urgent need of housing will be identified in partnership with the Veterans Administration for placement in ten designated VASH project-based voucher apartments at the Low Income Housing Institute’s McDermott Place, which currently serves 28 veterans.

Larsen Announces Grant To Address Homelessness Among Local Veterans

HASCO was established in 1971 to increase affordable housing in Snohomish County. HASCO is a long-time recipient of HUD-VASH grants, including a grant to house 12 veterans experiencing homelessness earlier this year. The 20 housing units funded with this new grant brings HASCO’s total number of HUD-VASH vouchers to 219.

Regional water supply conditions improve

The three cities thank their customers for helping the region stretch its water supplies to meet the needs of people and fish in this unprecedented year. “As we move from the voluntary to advisory stage of our drought response plan, I want to acknowledge and thank the customers of Everett’s water system for meeting and exceeding the 10 percent reduction goal,” said Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.

Murray praises passage of landmark housing legislation

“With this vote today, Seattle neighborhoods will become more sustainable, socially inclusive and economically diverse. For the first time, private developers will build or contribute to affordable housing with every new apartment building or office building

City Receives National Digital Inclusion Best Practices Award

Over the past 18 years, the Technology Matching Fund program has enabled 153 community organizations to build their capacity to provide technology and internet access, digital skills training, and electronic civic engagement. The majority of City funding for the program has been allocated from cable franchise fees, and has reinvested over $3.9 million in community based projects.

Cantwell Applauds Disaster Declaration for Washington Wildfires

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement after President Barack Obama announced a Major Disaster Declaration for the record-breaking wildland fires that affected communities across Washington state.

Contaminated soil spilled on ground at Duwamish Waterway facility

The penalty also cites the company for attempting to handle the shipment without proper planning or preparation. Soil in stormwater is a pollutant. The particles can harm habitat and injure the delicate breathing tissues in fish gills

Kilmer Calls on Key Federal Agencies to Use Innovative Building Materials at Construction Sites

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) called on key agencies to increase their use of innovative building materials at federal construction sites. In a letter to the Secretaries of the Defense and Agriculture Departments, Kilmer asked for an update on report language he authored in an appropriations bill this year that directed the two agencies to work together to use materials such as Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) more frequently.

Inslee announces new path on water quality rule, continues work on broader toxics reduction...

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he’s directing the state Department of Ecology to draft a new clean water rule that will preserve the state’s decision-making control over how to meet federal requirements. The Clean Water Act requires states to establish standards for how clean our waters need to be and to control pollution limits for businesses and municipalities that are permitted to discharge wastewater


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.


Calmwater Capital Originates $7.6 Million Loan for WSU Student Housing

Calmwater Capital, a leading national direct real estate lender, has provided $7.6 million in senior debt to Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate, LLC to acquire and upgrade a student housing complex near Washington State University. The 184-bed property, known as College Crest Apartments, is located at 1555 NE Merman Drive in Pullman, Washington.