King County’s plan to replace the dilapidated building that houses youth and family courts at 12th & Alder is in big trouble tonight with the apparent defeat of Proposition 1, which would raise the county sales tax to fund sheriffs, prosecutors, and courts. Part of that tax increase was dedicated to funding the proposed replacement for the 1970s era building that is part of the juvenile hall complex here in the Central District.
It’s not entirely clear tonight what that will mean over the long-term. We’ve not heard of any backup plans for the building replacement, and county studies have previously failed to identify other space where those court functions could be relocated. But given the increasing issues with the existing buildings, it seems unlikely that they could continue to function there for much longer.
We’ll dig into this more in the next few days and let you know what we learn.