Seattle’s Fort Lawton developed into 237 housing

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Seattle is moving forward with a plan to turn Magnolia’s Fort Lawton into an affordable housing complex.

Mayor Jenny Durkan transmitted legislation to City Council Wednesday that would turn 34 acres of the former military site into mixed-income housing, parks, and recreational space.

“We must continue to act urgently to address our affordability and housing crisis,” Durkan said in a statement. “This plan builds on our commitment to create hundreds of more affordable homes while ensuring that our neighborhoods can be vibrant, livable spaces today and for the next generation.”

The legislation is over a decade in the making, beginning with an initial redevelopment plan in 2008. The city entered into a five-year lease of Fort Lawton in 2017 followed by a second round of public outreach.

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