Plus, first contract funded by voter-approved levy approved
On Monday night, the City Council gave preliminary approval for siting the proposed Eastside men's shelter and supportive housing facility at 14350 SE Eastgate Way in the Eastgate neighborhood by a 4-3 vote. Voting in favor of the motion were Mayor John Stokes, Deputy Mayor John Chelminiak, Councilmember Lynne Robinson and Councilmember Ernie Simas, whereas councilmembers Conrad Lee, Jennifer Robertson and Kevin Wallace voted in opposition.
The motion includes a 45-day study period in which staff will analyze and report back to the council later this spring on the viability of two other locations, the Lincoln Center and Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility: Eastside sites.
The meeting's split vote capped a long evening filled with a briefing on the proposed project and Eastgate site, extended public comment and council discussion. A large overflow crowd attended both the study and regular sessions. Throughout the discussion, councilmembers reiterated that the city will work with Congregations for the Homeless and the surrounding community in addressing public safety concerns while also employing appropriate mitigations for the facility to be compatible with the final site location.
Establishing a permanent Eastside shelter is a 2016-17 City Council Vision Priority. The project is proposed in partnership with King County, a coordinator of regional funds for homelessness and affordable housing; Congregations for the Homeless, the operator of the shelter and day center; and Imagine Housing, the service provider and developer of the supportive housing component.
More information on Monday's vote can be found in an earlier release. A video of the meetings, including public comment, can also be found online via Bellevue Television.
Approval of first contract funded by voter-approved levy
Also on Monday, the council approved awarding a contract to replace 360 small sections of sidewalk in the city's Crossroads neighborhood. The contract is the first one funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion levy, approved by voters in November.
The winning bid by Trinity Contractors Inc. was for $826,780 and includes replacing the equivalent of approximately 1.75 miles of six-foot wide sidewalk. The work addresses damage from tree roots and unevenness caused by erosion or other impacts. In addition to a better walking surface for pedestrians, the project will ensure the sidewalks comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The work falls into the levy's maintenance category of projects, one of six main focus areas, which also includes congestion relief, safety, new sidewalks, bicycle facilities and intelligent transportation systems.
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