OLYMPIA — A $414 million supplemental capital construction budget signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee makes significant investments in the Seattle area. This new funding enhances earlier investments made in the $4.3 billion 2017-2018 capital budget passed in January.
Sen. David Frockt, who served this year as capital budget writer, was instrumental in breaking gridlock in January, and in drafting the supplemental budget signed today.
“With the new Democratic majority in the Senate, we were finally able to complete the first phase of the capital budget in January,” said Frockt, D-Seattle. “This supplemental budget builds upon those efforts, focusing on mental health in particular. We also have significant investments in clean water projects to help Puget Sound and the endangered Orca. Additionally, the budget invests in metro Seattle, which is something I have always tried to prioritize during my eight years in Olympia.”
Frockt is particularly pleased with the $2.5 million investment in the modernization and renovation of the Lake City and Magnuson community centers in the North End, the support for Mary’s Place and families experiencing homelessness in the area, and the record investments made in Seattle public schools in both of this year’s capital budgets.
Capital budgets passed this year also make a significant investment in K-12 education. During the 2017-19 biennium, the Seattle School District will receive about $20.8 million in School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) funding, and about $28 million in distressed school funding.
Projects in the Seattle area include:
• Mount Baker property cleanup, for the purpose of creating affordable housing in Seattle, $5.1 million
• Refugee Women’s Alliance childcare center in Seattle, $1 million
• Five Acre Woods park acquisition in Lake Forest Park, $300,000
• Lake City Community Center in Seattle, $500,000
• Rhododendron Park float and boardwalk in Kenmore, $400,000
• North Seattle Community College library building renovation, $3.4 million
• Arboretum waterfront trail renovation in Seattle, $475,000
• Town Hall historic restoration in Seattle, $1 million
• Northwest African American Museum exhibit in Seattle, $200,000
• South Seattle Community College automotive technology renovation and expansion, $260,000
• A Mary’s Place hub in Burien, which will provide emergency shelter for families, $500,000
• The Valley Cities modular housing project in Auburn, which will help people transition out of homelessness, $1.5 million
• Expansion of Evergreen Treatment Services in King County for increased behavioral health capacity, $3 million