Thank you all for voicing opinions, showing up, and voting in regards to the proposal to sell a portion of our land to become a 24-hour shelter for families and single women experiencing homelessness. Two location possibilities were considered, the existing parsonage parcel, or the undeveloped northwest corner. We voted during December, and the results are in!
- 27 Votes: Yes, I support the sale
- 23 Votes: Yes, I support the sale, but only if we are able to sell the NW corner of the property (leaving the SW parsonage rental property intact)
- 4 Votes: No, I do not support the sale
We are moving forward with the sale! Since the vote, we received a new draft ‘massing’ plan from the architect which verified the option of using the NW corner for the sale and development of the shelter. Great news! The City of Kirkland also verified that we can do a Lot Line Adjustment to create a new parcel on the NW corner without triggering the need for a short-plat process (much faster, less expensive). With the verification of the preferred NW option, and the voting results above (50 yes, 4 no), are moving toward the next steps of approval of our plan by our parent congregation, Holy Spirit Lutheran Church's, council and congregation. Key dates include the HSLC council meeting on January 10, and the HSLC congregational meeting on January 29 at noon.
With excitement and hope we're responding to the urgent need for a 24/7/365 emergency shelter on the Eastside! Thank you, Salt House family!