County says PacMed proposal doesn’t meet “affordability criteria”

The proposal to move the Youth Services Center (including juvenile court and detention facilities) into Beacon Hill’s PacMed building is now off the table. King County officials have determined that none of the six proposals for replacement of the Alder Youth Services Center—including the PacMed proposal—meet the county’s affordability criteria.

According to County Administrative Officer Caroline Whalen, one of the primary goals of the process was that “the [Youth Services Center] project should be, to the extent possible, cost-neutral to King County or at least minimize the financial contribution required to be made by King County.” None of the submitted proposals were found to meet this criteria, so the county is ending the current procurement process and considering its next steps.

See further reporting from the Beacon Hill Blog‘s news partners:

  • The Seattle Times: County says PacMed won’t work for juvenile court
  • Beacon Hill KOMO: County makes it official, juvenile jail to PacMed proposal doesn’t meet ‘affordability criteria’
Photo of the PacMed building by Wendi.

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