King County is exploring private development options to find a cost-neutral replacement option for the Youth Services Center at 12th and Alder. The building has a laundry list of issues, from a water main break and malfunctioning elevator to persistent mold and hazardous materials in the window caulking. Voters rejected an initiative last year that would have raised sales taxes to pay for a facility replacement.
From the King County press release:
“All options must be on the table to better serve the justice needs of children and families in King County,” said Councilmember Bob Ferguson, Chair of the Law, Justice, Health and Human Services Committee. “The state of the current facility is unacceptable, and I will continue to push options until we find a solution. For example, surplus County property could be traded with an interested developer in exchange for a replacement facility.”
The Youth Services Center, located in Seattle on 12th and Alder, provides juvenile justice services for all of King County and family support for those navigating the legal system.
“Last year we worked with the community to explore options for replacement of the Youth Services Center and the surrounding county-owned site. But with no revenues for the project, we have to get creative,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We’re asking the development community to come to us with ideas we might not have recognized before. I hope their suggestions will help us find a way to address juvenile justice needs while fulfilling the community’s vision.”