A Seattle City Council committee will take up legislation Tuesday planned to set the stage for nonprofit Byrd Barr Place to take ownership of the 18th Ave former fire station it calls home.
AN ORDINANCE relating to the transfer of City property located at 722 18th Avenue, Seattle, Washington; authorizing the conveyance of the property to Byrd Barr Place, a Washington non-profit corporation, consistent with the intent of Resolution 31856 and to provide for the continued delivery of social services; making findings of fact about the consideration for the transfer; authorizing acceptance of a negative easement restricting future development of the property; superseding Resolution 31837 for the purposes of this ordinance; and authorizing the Director of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services or designee to execute and deliver documents necessary to carry out the conveyance of such property on the terms and conditions of this ordinance.
The proposal follows a late 2018 resolution passed by the council calling for the transfer after Byrd Barr Place received a grant from the Washington Department of Commerce for $1,455,000 to renovate the building under the condition that it owns or holds a long-term lease for a minimum of ten years for the property.
The city has been working on plans to transfer ownership of some of its senior centers and community centers to non-profit operators “so long as the operator demonstrates the capacity to own and operate the property.”
Meanwhile, spurred by the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, the city has said it will finally the Central District’s old Fire Station 6 to Africatown for use as a William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation.
Founded in 1967, Byrd Barr Place provides human services, and housing assistance, and partners with organizations to find solutions to racial inequity. It is one of several organizations Mayor Jenny Durkan promised would be part of more than $100 million in support of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities
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