The water from some of the 12th and Alder Youth Services Center drinking fountains is truly nasty. Also, the place smells. Really bad.
The County Council recently decided to place a $210 million levy on the November ballot for public approval. If it passes, the area bounded by 12th, 14th, Remington Ct and Spruce St could see some dramatic changes as new areas open for private development and public space. The plans would replace both the detention and judicial facilities.
The levy would cost the average homeowner $25 per year for the next nine years.
Seattle Channel’s City Inside/Out recently dove into the debate over the center, and several people involved with it made the case for a new facility:
The program gives a look inside the failing facility, with it’s uncontrollable heating system, brown and gray water and lack of spaces for private family consultations. The panel attempts to make the case that even repairing the building’s biggest problems, which could cost as much as $40 million, the center would still fail to meet the needs of the families and youth it is trying to help.
They also stress the need for the facility to have good transit access, one reason for not moving the facility entirely as some people in the neighborhood have suggested.