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Imagine Housing's affordable housing project on Snoqualmie Ridge gets put on hold
Plans for a 160-unit affordable housing development on Snoqualmie Ridge are on hold, indefinitely.
The proponent, Imagine Housing, has informed the city of Snoqualmie that it will not be seeking design or permitting approvals for its project for an indefinite period of time.
Imagine Housing has been working on plans to develop the S-20 parcel for more than two years and, according to the city, has expended considerable time, talent and resources to develop the housing project. Now, the timeline is delayed as the city, the owner of the parcel, and Imagine Housing address the challenges of development at S-20, which is designated for affordable housing by the Snoqualmie Ridge II Mixed Use Final Plan.
When the proposal was made public last year, it drew considerable criticism from neighbors concerned about a large, unexpected development, accessible by a single road through a residential neighborhood.
The Ridge development was aimed at families earning 60 percent of the median income in King County, roughly $47,000 for a three-person family.
“Though there are challenges to work through, Imagine Housing remains committed to developing affordable housing for working families in Snoqualmie,” said Ann Levine, Executive Director of Imagine Housing. “We will continue our efforts and collaboration with the city and the community to provide the affordable housing that originally was envisioned as part of the master plan.”
“The Imagine Housing team’s commitment and perseverance is commendable and deeply appreciated,” said Mayor Matt Larson. “The city of Snoqualmie has been very successful in providing affordable housing as part of a balanced and equitable master plan. We will continue to seek every opportunity to meet the affordable housing needs of this community as we approach the full build-out of Snoqualmie Ridge.”
Although the project has not been formally brought before the Snoqualmie City Council, Mayor Larson, council members and the city administration are supportive of an affordable housing option for Snoqualmie residents of moderate income.