Mobile Crisis Team to ease conflicts between police, mentally ill - Real Change, October 12, 2011
Seattle' New Bat Mobile - The Stranger, September 22, 2011
Community's Disapproval of New Crisis Center - The North American Post, June 8, 2011
Local Residents Petition against Crisis Solution Center near JCCCW - The North America Post, May 5, 2011
Washington Middle School PTSA Newsletter - May, 2011
Jackson Place Alliance for Equity Files Appeal to Permit Issued for DESC Crisis Solutions Center
Appeal Challenges Jackson Place DESC land use permit - Central District News, April 26, 2011
City issues permits for Jackson Place DESC facility - Central District news, April 7, 2011
City Issues Permit for Controversial Mental Health Center in Jackson Place - The Stranger, April 7, 2011
Community wary of the changes coming to Jackson Place, says could be less safe - Northwest Asian Weekly, March, 3, 2011
Fear Factor | What’s the real reason Jackson Place residents oppose a crisis center? - Real Change News, February 9, 2011
Alternative for mentally ill in crisis stirs debate - KPLU News, February 4, 2011
What Are Jackson Place Residents Running From? - The Stranger, February 1, 2011
Opponents of Jackson Place DESC facility dominate forum - Central District News, February 1, 2011
Jackson Place group challenges legality of planned DESC facility - Central District News, January 28, 2011
Group challenges plans for crisis center near Chinatown International District - The Seattle Times, January 23, 2011
Crisis center for mentally unstable opposed by neighbors - KPLU News, January 20, 2011
Concerns About DESC, Seattle Department of Planning and Development: Manipulation of Land Use Code to Site Jail Diversion Facility in Jackson Place Neighborhood
SEATTLE, Washington - Jan. 18, 2011 - On Nov. 9th, 2010 the DESC held a public meeting at the Giddens School to inform the Jackson Place community they would be siting a new program called the Crisis Solutions Center on South Lane Street. As reported by the Central District News on Nov. 10th, “Bill Hobson, Director of the DESC, said the building is not in a residential zone, but rather it is zoned commercial.” Mr. Hobson referred to it as “an ‘edge’ zone, meaning property on one side of it is residential while the other side is commercial. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) determined that the Crisis Solutions Center is an appropriate use of the space.”
Public records obtained by the Jackson Place Alliance for Equity (JPAE) show the DPD has been working with the DESC since July 2010 to help the DESC classify the Crisis Solutions Center as a hospital instead of a jail or work release facility to avoid a lengthy permit and public comments process. According to land use codes, a hospital would be considered a permissible use at 1600 and 1618 South Lane Street. However documents reveal the Crisis Solutions Center is not a hospital, but rather it is similar to incarceration uses, which are not permissible under the Land Use Code for siting at the 1600 and 1618 South Lane address. If proper processes were followed, the Crisis Solutions Center will not be permitted for siting without notice to the public and a full, transparent, public review process.
The Crisis Solutions Center has been endorsed by City elected officials, including the Executive, Council members, and the City Attorney. Public records reveal emails sent by City elected officials and the DESC enlisting the DPD in facilitating quick approval and construction without public review.
Even worthwhile programs carried out by worthy agencies, endorsements by elected officials, and intentions to serve particular populations are not bases for cutting corners on the Land Use Code. The DPD is not only violating its own Land Use Code, but also the civil rights of the Jackson Place community on which the use would be imposed.
As a result, the JPAE has filed a Land Use Request for Interpretation Request with the DPD concerning DESC’s proposed development of the Crisis Solutions Center at 1600 and 1618 South Lane Street. The JPAE is committed to seeking a fair and transparent review of the Land Use Code and permissible use at 1600 and 1618 South Lane Street.