Greenbridge refers to the King County Housing Authority's (KCHA) 95-acre mixed-income housing development in White Center (just south of West Seattle in King County).
The Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) is working closely with the KCHA to incorporate sustainable construction practices throughout the project, which includes redevelopment and revitalization of the existing Park Lake Homes public housing community.
In June 2006, DDES was recognized by Governor Gregoire for its permitting work on the Greenbridge development project. DDES, KCHA, and GGLO Architects were jointly recognized at the Governor's Smart Communities Awards Ceremony for the Greenbridge project's innovative approaches to creating a more livable community.
Construction of the new Greenbridge housing development is under way and will be completed in multiple phases. More information is available on KCHA's Web site at www.kcha.org/greenbridge/greenbridge.aspx (external link) and background permitting information is below.
Final Environmental Impact Statement issued May 2004
On May 3, 2004, the Final Environmental Impact Statement (see Final EIS) was issued for the Greenbridge Redevelopment Master Plan (Park Lake Homes). The Proposed Master Plan (Greenbridge) includes redevelopment and revitalization of the existing Park Lake Homes public housing community.
The proposal would provide 900 to 1,100 (maximum) residential housing units, which would include approximately 300 units to serve returning residents and households from the KCHA waiting list that have the same economic profile.
The proposal also includes 80,000 to 100,000 square feet of community-oriented uses, which may include a branch library, community center, youth and family facilities, Head Start and child care facility, Sheriff's office, food bank, career development center, meeting/gathering space, and approximately 22,300 square feet of neighborhood-scale retail uses.
The proposal includes demolition of most or all existing buildings on-site, and demolition, abandonment or replacement of existing infrastructure including streets, water lines, sanitary sewers, storm drainage and other utilities.
Redevelopment would require vacation of existing public rights-of-way and public roadway easements associated with the existing streets and alleys and re-platting of the entire project site. It is anticipated that redevelopment would occur in three stages commencing in 2004. All stages would be completed by 2012. Redevelopment would involve staged relocation of all tenants.
The environmental elements analyzed in the EIS were determined as a result of a formal, public EIS scoping process that occurred February 5, 2003 through March 7, 2003.
Following issuance of required SEPA and NEPA notices, a public EIS scoping meeting was held on February 26, 2003 to provide an opportunity for public comment. All comments received were considered by the King County Housing Authority and King County Department of Development and Environmental Services in determining the issues and alternatives to be analyzed in the EIS.
The Draft EIS was issued and distributed for a 45-day comment period on November 21, 2003. A public open house/comment meeting was held on December 17, 2003. During the Draft EIS comment period, written comments were received from the pubic agencies listed below. Responses to each comment letter are included in this Final EIS.
- United States Department of the Interior
- United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 10
- Sound Transit
No oral comments were offered at the Draft EIS open house meeting and no written comments on the Draft EIS were received from Tribes, organizations, or the public, including Park Lake Homes residents.
This Final EIS has been distributed to agencies and organizations noted on the EIS Distribution List, and parties of record.
This Final EIS can be reviewed at the King County Housing Authority's office (600 Andover Park W, Tukwila) Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; at the Park Lake Homes HOPE VI office (206-574-1107); at the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services office (900 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton), and at the following public libraries:
- Boulevard Park Library: 12015 Roseberg Avenue South
- Burien Public Library: 14700 Sixth SW
- Foster Public Library: 7614 South 126th
- White Center Public Library: 11220 16th SW
- King County Library System, Documents Branch: 690 Newport Way NW, Issaquah
- Seattle Public Library Central Library: 800 Pike Street
- Seattle Public Library Central Library, Documents Branch: 800 Pike Street
- Seattle Public Library Southwest Branch: 9010 35th Avenue SW
- Seattle Public Library West Seattle Branch: 2306 42nd Avenue SW
Hardcopies and CD copies of this Final EIS may also be purchased at King County Housing Authority's office for the cost of reproduction. Please contact Oksana Winstead at the King County Housing Authority (206-574-1197) to make arrangements to review or obtain a copy.
For more information
For additional information or questions about the Final EIS, please contact:
King County Housing Authority (KCHA)
600 Andover Park West
Seattle, WA 98188-1100
Dept. of Development & Environmental Services (DDES)
900 Oakesdale Avenue SW
Renton, WA 98057-5212