“A neighbor asked me to send this message out reminding people that thereâ€™s an informal meeting of concerned neighbors at Dr. Jose Rizal Park tonight at 6 PM to discuss the proposed move of the Juvenile Justice Center to the PacMed building.
“Weâ€™ll meet in the amphitheatre. You can also barbecue at the parkâ€¦.”
Curtis Bonney adds: “There’s no agenda, just a discussion.”
…Several neighbors said they had been personally contacted by King County Executive Dow Constantine earlier in the day.
â€œThree members of the group were contacted by the King County Executive’s Office indicating that a decision on PacMed should made by end of this coming week (Thursday or Friday),â€ reads the post on Facebook.
In a separate email circulating on the BAN list another neighbor writes about those phone calls:
â€œEarlier in the day several of us received a call from Dow Constantineâ€™s office to inform us that the PacMed building probably wonâ€™t work for the project and we should expect a formal announcement sometime later this week.â€
“We had a very constructive meeting on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 to discuss ‘No Jail at PacMed’. Earlier in the day several of us received a call from Dow Constantineâ€™s office to inform us that the PacMed building probably wonâ€™t work for the project and we should expect a formal announcement sometime later this week. Needless to say that would be VERY good news. However, even if the jail does not locate to the building we still intend to make every attempt to engage Wright Runstad and let them know that the North Beacon Hill is very interested in whoever they select as a tenant and we would welcome the opportunity to work with them as a neighborhood.”
For anyone who supports â€œNo Jail at PacMedâ€ weâ€™ve organized a neighborhood discussion thatâ€™ll take place at my home on Sunday at 4:00. Several people with postings on this blog plan to attend. I live 2 blocks south of the building, on 14th Ave S. If you would like to attend, please send me an email and Iâ€™ll provide the address.
“At least one other prospect may still be in the picture: the Bellevue-based City University of Seattle, which, true to its name, has been trying to move to Seattle. ‘We have looked at their building, as well as a dozen other sites in Seattle,’ says City University spokesperson Christopher Ross. ‘Weâ€™re not far enough along in any of our negotiations to comment.'”
The Seattle Times (BHB news partner) reports that King County’s juvenile court and jail could move into the historic PacMed building on the north tip of Beacon Hill under a proposal from the current leaseholders, development company Wright Runstad.
Wright Runstad were granted a 99-year lease on the PacMed property in 1998, and then converted the hospital to office space which it then subleased to Amazon. However, Amazon recently vacated the building for a new base in the South Lake Union neighborhood, and the Times writes that this has put Wright Runstad “in a financial bind,” owing more than $300,000 per month in lease and loan payments.
The Wright Runstad proposal is one of six proposals for the future of the county’s Youth Services Center and Youth Detention Center, and the only one that calls for moving the facility from its current location. County officials won’t comment on its viability, but according to the Times, it is “the leading proposal” among the six.