From the Mustard Seed House (MSH) blog
We at MSH are particularly pleased to hear the most recent news about the Lora Lakes Apartment complex. For those who don’t know, these are clean, safe, low-income apartments which were unnecessarily slated for total demolition (to be replaced by a mega-store). MSH was present at a service of lamentation a few weeks ago to protest their planned destruction (see our July 31st post). As a result of the efforts of many concerned parties, a judicial injunction has just been issued, thereby granting a temporary reprieve.
Read more below and please pray that the rights of the poor to affordable housing be upheld…
Dramatic, Last-Minute Judicial Injunction Saves Lora Lake Apartments – For Now
(From the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s e-newsletter)
In the space of two days, anti-homeless advocates were disappointed and then delighted with the turn of events in the ongoing Lora Lake saga. On Thursday at a packed hearing by the Port of Seattle, commissioners voted 3-2 to demolish the 162-unit apartment complex (Hara, Creighton and Davis in support). The vote came in spite of an overwhelming show of support from members of the public and elected officials who were also represented.
Then the next day one of two lawsuits was heard and Judge Deborah Fleck issued a Preliminary Injunction forbidding the Port to demolish the units until a full hearing on March 24, 2008. This means an almost seven month reprieve for the $32 million development.
Homeless advocates were particularly disappointed in Port Commissioner Lloyd Hara who in the past has been supportive of making the Port more sensitive to the local community. Hara’s vote, however, temporarily put the last nail in the coffin of the apartments.
“I am delighted with Judge Fleck’s ruling,” commented Stephen Norman, Executive Director for the King County Housing Authority, “this buys the time needed to find a compromise that works for all the parties involved.”
“This is a very positive development for affordable housing in the region,” said King County Executive Ron Sims. “This ruling gives us the time we need. I am committed to finding a solution that benefits all parties.”
Many leaders specifically praised the work of the Church Council in advocating for preservation of the apartments. Our thanks to the many people who sent cards, letters, and e-mails to support our efforts!
Another article about the most recent news by the Seattle PI