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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Council Roundup: New culvert to benefit fish and people

Also, funding OK'd for low-income housing

Replacement of a culvert intended to improve the passage of water and salmon, also will make it easier for people to travel beneath busy Coal Creek Parkway.

The City Council Monday approved additional funding for design of a six-foot-wide walkway that will be part of a previously planned culvert replacement. The new 39-foot wide concrete box culvert will replace a nine-foot diameter corrugated metal culvert, which was built in the early 1980s and is now heavily corroded.

The culvert is located where the creek passes under Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, a short distance from the street's intersection with Forest Drive in south Bellevue. Replacement of the culvert addresses the need to maintain the city's stormwater system, and the desire to enhance salmon populations by removing barriers to upstream habitat.

The council's decision adds $93,000 to the project, bringing the cost of the culvert design to $934,000. The total budgeted for design and construction of the culvert is $6 million.

The addition of the walkway is expected to save approximately $60,000 -- what it would have cost to build a trail extension allowing pedestrians to cross Coal Creek Parkway at an existing crosswalk. Walkers will be able to avoid the four-lane roadway altogether, improving safety.

The additional funding for the walkway will come from a voter-approved 2008 Parks and Natural Areas Levy that includes money to build "missing links" in Bellevue parks and trails.

For more information see the city council agenda item at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/pdf/City%20Council/PacketRegularSession4-9-128j.pdf; council meetings are shown live on Bellevue Television (Channel 21) and past meetings are archived there.

Feedback: Dan Dewald, Natural Resource Manager, 425-452-6048 or ddewald@bellevuewa.gov; Bruce Jensen, Utilities, 425-452-7240 or bjensen@bellevuewa.gov

Funding approved for downtown affordable housing development
The council approved funding for a 56-unit low-income apartment complex downtown and a women's shelter in north Bellevue.

The city will contribute $635,000 from its Housing Fund for the Low Income Housing Institute's Downtown Bellevue Apartments. Endorsed by ARCH (A Regional Coalition for Housing), the six-story building is to be built on a lot at 204 111th Ave. NE that LIHI purchased in 2009.

The $15 million project would serve families and individuals with household incomes at 30, 50 and 60 percent of the area median income. LIHI is applying for $10 million in low-income housing tax credits.

ARCH, a partnership of King County and Eastside cities pooling resources to increase affordable housing in the region, is lining up funding from the county and the other 10 cities in the coalition for the project.

The council also allocated $200,000 for expansion of the Sophia Way women's shelter, now in the First Congregational Church downtown. With $576,000 from ARCH members and private donations, the daylight basement of Saint Luke's Church north of downtown would be built out with bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area and 20 sleeping carrels.  

Feedback: Janet Lewine, Associate Planner, 425-452-4884 or jlewine@bellevuewa.gov

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