When did the City learn about the County’s desire to locate a HTH facility in Redmond?

In spring 2021, King County informed the City that they were actively exploring locations in Redmond and in late May 2021, Redmond was made aware of the County’s intent to purchase the Silver Cloud Inn. As this was a private real estate transaction, it was kept confidential, as requested. Redmond first became aware of this potential type of program early in the 2020 legislative session. The City has continued to follow this since the State Legislature passed House Bill 1590 in 2020, which allowed jurisdictions to enact a 0.1% sales tax to finance construction of affordable housing and behavioral health facilities and operations or services supportive of affordable housing residents. In 2020, Executive Constantine proposed, and the County Council approved, this dedicated sales tax. In 2021, the State Legislature passed House Bill 1070, which clarified acquisition of property as an eligible use of these funds.

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1. Who purchased the Redmond Silver Cloud Inn for a Health Through Housing facility?
2. Did the County require approval from the City to purchase and locate a HTH facility in Redmond?
3. What is the intended use of the Silver Cloud Inn building?
4. What is the City’s role in HTH?
5. Does the Redmond Zoning Code (RZC) allow for this use of long-term or transitional housing in this location?
6. When did the City learn about the County’s desire to locate a HTH facility in Redmond?
7. Why doesn’t the City stop this project?
8. : Did the City recruit the County to locate a HTH facility in Redmond?
9. When did the Mayor’s Office make City Council aware of this program in Redmond?
10. Are there homeless people in Redmond?
11. Why did the City not require community outreach?
12. Will the City be involved in choosing and monitoring an operator for the facility?
13. How will the City ensure safety for the community?
14. Will the City forbid use of drugs and alcohol at the HTH facility?
15. Will there be a community meeting?
16. Will the City consider making it illegal to camp or sleep outside in public spaces?
17. What is an interim official control that the Redmond City Council adopted on August 17, 2021?
18. How does the interim official control change the process that existed when the County purchased the Silver Cloud property under the HB 1220 legislation?
19. Will the City Council hold a public hearing regarding the interim official control?