Parking squabble stalls East Precinct lot development at 12th and Pine

The Capitol Hill Times has a great article about the challenges faced by Capitol Hill Housing as they work to transform the East Precinct parking lot on 12th Ave near Pine into a mixed-used development with housing, retail and community space. The Times properly identifies the barrier: the East Precinct’s demand for expensive ‘structured parking stalls,’ as we wrote about earlier. The planned development has 75 spaces planned, the police department says they need double that to provide adequate parking for its employees. But Capitol Hill Housing’s director of fund development Michael Seiwerath points out that the Times didn’t quite get it right in their print editions about just how expensive the parking stalls really are.

Capitol Hill Times reported cost of each stall: $7,000
Cost according to Capitol Hill Housing: $40,000

The $2 million difference is enough to knock the project off balance and make it impossible to build, Seiwerath and Capitol Hill Housing contend. He says the mayor is aware of the issue and has the authority to solve the gap. We’re following up with the mayor’s office to find out what they’ll do next.

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3 thoughts on “Parking squabble stalls East Precinct lot development at 12th and Pine

  1. I understand if the East Precinct needs the spots replaced (although it seems like they could cut down on a few) but I don’t understand why they would ask a non-profit affordable housing organization to actually build them MORE parking. If they want to add parking they should certainly have to pay for it themselves.

  2. How about providing them with bus passes in lieu of parking stalls or encouraging them to bike to work? Providing motorcycle stalls could also help offset demand for full spaces…or they could car or vanpool. The city needs to set a good example for the rest of the community.

  3. Justin-
    Your piece is correct in stating the more accurate cost of the parking stalls. Capitol Hill Housing is continuing to discuss the project with the city, and hope to move it forward. However, I want to clarify that the mayor has been very supportive of Capitol Hill Housing, and affordable housing in general.